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Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield supports Pocono Alliance in fight against poverty in Monroe County

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (April 11, 2016) — Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield recently provided financial support to the Pocono Alliance to help the organization fight poverty in Monroe County.

According to the United States Census Bureau, more than 13 percent of the population in Monroe County lives in poverty. Annual per capita income in Monroe County also lags behind the national average by more than $3,000.

The Pocono Alliance's Bridges Out of Poverty program is designed to help local families in poverty make a permanent shift to a stable, healthy future through education, parent/child mentoring and systemic changes.

With the help of a $5,500 grant from Highmark, 60 Monroe County adults and children are expected to participate in the intensive 20-week training module in the coming year, and be connected to community mentors for ongoing support for one year.

"Highmark is pleased to support the Pocono Alliance and the great work they do," said Susan S. Hubley, director of Community Affairs. "Families in poverty often forgo medical care due to a lack of resources. By supporting Bridges Out of Poverty, we can help ensure that families have access to the care they need to get and stay healthy."

About Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

Highmark Inc. doing business as Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield serves approximately 3.3 million members through the company's health care benefits business and hundreds of thousands of additional members through the Blue card program. It employs more than 4,200 people in western, north central and northeastern Pennsylvania. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield 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.

For more information, contact:
Anthony Matrisciano
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
570-200-6310
anthony.matrisciano@highmark.com