Highmark Inc. Awarded Pennsylvania Employee Benefit Trust Fund Contract

Jun 17, 2010, 16:00 ET from Highmark Inc.

CAMP HILL, Pa., June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Employee Benefit Trust Fund (PEBTF) has awarded a three-year health benefits contract to Highmark Inc., effective January 2011. As one of the company's largest group customers, Highmark will administer health insurance coverage to about 140,000 new members.

"I believe we were chosen because of our overall value to the PEBTF," said Deborah Rice, Highmark's executive vice president for Health Services. "Highmark recognizes that the PEBTF wants to provide superior, high quality service to its members and we will deliver that to them. The new agreement covers state employees and their families throughout Pennsylvania."

This new membership means Highmark's enrollment in Central Pennsylvania will reach a new level. "Highmark's membership in the region will approach 1 million members," said Mike Fiaschetti, market president of Highmark's central region. "The company is the leader in terms of service capabilities to our customers, and the PEBTF is the latest organization to validate this by joining Highmark as a customer."

While the new contract does not officially begin until January, implementation meetings begin later this month to help ensure a smooth transition.

About Highmark Inc.

As one of the leading health insurers in Pennsylvania, Highmark Inc.'s mission is to provide access to affordable, quality health care enabling individuals to live longer, healthier lives. Based in Pittsburgh, Highmark serves 4.7 million people through the company's health care benefits business. Highmark contributes millions of dollars to help keep quality health care programs affordable and to support community-based programs that work to improve people's health. Highmark exerts an enormous economic impact throughout Pennsylvania. A recent study states that Highmark's positive impact exceeded $2.5 billion. The company provides the resources to give its members a greater hand in their health.

Highmark Inc. is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans. For more information, visit www.highmark.com.

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