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Highmark achieves high quality rating for Medicare Advantage product in West Virginia

Highmark Inc.

PITTSBURGH (Oct. 15, 2015) — Highmark Inc. announced today that Freedom Blue PPO, a Medicare Advantage product for seniors in West Virginia, has earned a four-star quality rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for 2016.

The rating system, based on a scale of one to five stars, educates consumers on the overall quality of Medicare Advantage and Part D prescription drug plans. The summary score for each plan indicates the overall measure of a plan's quality and is a cumulative indicator of quality of care, access to care, responsiveness to member needs and member satisfaction.

"Highmark has always been committed to the health and wellness of our members. We are exceptionally pleased that the Medicare star rating reflects our effort to provide quality health plans to seniors in West Virginia," said Tim Lightner, Highmark vice president of senior markets.

To achieve the four-star quality rating, Highmark identified opportunities to work closely with providers and members to ensure quality and appropriate care and increased levels of member satisfaction. These strategies included partnering with network providers on initiatives to improve patient quality of care; introducing a rewards program to encourage members to take preventive health measures; and leveraging employer group partners to more effectively communicate and educate retiree plan members.

Highmark is now enrolling Medicare-eligible individuals for the 2016 Medicare annual election period, which runs from October 15 through December 7. Medicare-eligible individuals interested in learning more about Highmark's Medicare Advantage plans are encouraged to call 866-382-0741 Monday through Sunday between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. TTY users may call 711. Or visit www.shop.highmark.com/medicare.

Freedom Blue PPO is offered in 33 counties throughout West Virginia.

About Highmark Inc.

Highmark Inc. is among the ten largest health insurers in the United States and is the fourth-largest Blue Cross and Blue Shield-affiliated company. Highmark and its diversified businesses and affiliates operate health insurance plans in Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia that serve 5.3 million members. Its diversified health businesses serve group customer and individual health needs across the United States through dental insurance, vision care and other related health businesses. Highmark is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. For more information, visit www.highmark.com.

Disclaimer

Highmark Senior Solutions Company is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Medicare evaluates plans based on a 5-star rating system. Star ratings are calculated each year and may change from one year to the next. Highmark Senior Solutions Company is a PPO Plan with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in Highmark Senior Solutions Company depends on contract renewal.
For more information, contact:
Kristy Cramlet
Highmark Inc.
304-424-9888
kristy.cramlet@highmarkhealth.org