Leslie is a Pittsburgh Penguins (Pens) hockey superfan. She recently traveled 2,200 miles with her 16-year-old son and some friends to watch the Pens take on the Vegas Golden Knights.
A native Pittsburgher, Leslie has been cheering on her team for the past 11 years. But the 2017-2018 Pens hockey season has been bittersweet for Leslie. Like many Pittsburgh hockey fans, she misses the style and grace of Pens' former goaltender Marc André Fleury. He got picked up by the Vegas Golden Knights in the June 2017 NHL Expansion Draft.
So she decided to travel across the country to see Fleury in the net again. Even while she cheered for his old teammates, Penguins' players Sid, Geno, Phil, and Tanger.
Travel in December during cold and flu season is always risky. But Leslie wasn't concerned about getting sick. She knew she'd have access to great health care on her journey. Leslie and Jeremy's Highmark insurance plan goes wherever they go. So instead of worrying about their health, they could focus on the game.
Leslie and Jeremy are Living Proof of having home-ice advantage when it comes to coverage.
OPEN: CLOSE UP OF MARIO LEMIEUX AND ICEBURGH BOBBLEHEADS.
SUPER: 10:05 am Murrysville, PA
CUT TO JEREMY PACKING HIS SUITCASE.
SUPER: These superfans are 2,200 miles away…
We hear Jeremy's mom say: Jeremy, you almost ready?
Jeremy: Yeah, I'm coming.
CUT TO JEREMY'S MOM EXITING THE ROOM, SUITCASE IN HAND. THEN JEREMY LEAVES THE ROOM, SUITCASE IN HAND.
SUPER: …from cheering on the Pens in Las Vegas.
CUT TO A CAR PULLING INTO THE DRIVEWAY TO PICK THEM UP, HORN BEEPING, AND WE HEAR CHEERING. JEREMY AND HIS MOM LEAVE THE HOUSE WITH THEIR SUITCASES.
SUPER: And even though they'll be on the road, they'll still have home-ice advantage with Highmark.
CUT TO THEM LOADING THEIR SUITCASES IN THE BACK OF THE CAR. AS THEY DRIVE AWAY, WE HEAR THEM CHEERING THROUGH THE OPEN CAR WINDOWS: LET'S GO PENS! WHOO!
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Even though the Pens lost that game 2-1, Leslie and her crew, ages 16–58, had a great time. She estimated that around 40% of the crowd was wearing Penguins jerseys.
And they wasted no time showing their love for Fleury. He got a standing ovation from Pittsburgh and Vegas fans during the starting lineup announcement. This was the highlight of the evening for Leslie.
Of course Leslie also enjoyed watching her favorite team in action." I love that they never give up," she said." I love their grit."
Leslie and Jeremy always enjoy cheering for the Pens on home ice at PPG Paints Arena. But they expect to plan more away game excursions, too.
"We'd like to make travel to Pens games an annual thing," said Leslie.
And Highmark will be traveling with them. "It's comforting to know that if anything goes wrong, we'll be covered," she added.
Having coverage that gives you access to care away from home means extra peace of mind.
For travel within the U.S., most Highmark health plan members* have in-network access to the BlueCard® network. It's the nation's largest network of doctors and hospitals. Your member ID is recognized and accepted at 96% of hospitals and by 95% of doctors across all 50 states.
When you travel internationally, your level of coverage depends on your specific plan. But emergency care is always covered whether at home or abroad.
Before any travel, it's a good idea to find out if there are any limitations to your coverage. Visit the Highmark member website or call the number on the back of your ID card.
*Applicable for most employer plans. Check your member materials for details. A provider's participation status and the level of benefit available for a provider's services may vary by benefit plan design.