Pennsylvania Insurance Department Receives Transactional Filing on Behalf of Independence Blue Cross

Aug 08, 2013, 09:00 ET from Pennsylvania Department of Insurance

HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Insurance Department has received a filing which seeks to restructure the Independence Blue Cross (IBC) Holding Company System through a plan of division, Insurance Commissioner Mike Consedine announced today.  

"Our team will now begin its rigorous review to evaluate this transaction against the standards in state law," Consedine said. "We will focus on licensure, solvency, business plans and management, as well as the impact the transaction could have on competition and consumers. It is very important to be as transparent as possible in our review, and to involve consumers and stakeholders every step of the way."

The department will evaluate the proposal against a set of standards, including whether the transaction will lessen competition, produce new efficiencies or be hazardous to the insurance-buying public.

Standards also focus on financial solvency; the competence, experience, and integrity of company management; the fairness and reasonableness of any changes in business operations, as well as compliance with all other state laws.

The filing and related information will be available Aug. 9 on the department's website at Public input will be part of the department's review process. Comments will be indexed and periodically posted on the site.

Media contact: Melissa Fox, 717-787-3289

Editor's Note: Beginning Aug. 9, written comments should be submitted by mail, fax or email to:

Cressinda Bybee, Senior Insurance Company Licensing Specialist
Company Licensing Division, Insurance Department
1345 Strawberry Square
Harrisburg, PA 17120    
Fax:  717-787-8557  

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Insurance