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Highmark announces 2017 Medicare products for central Pennylvania

Highmark’s Medicare Advantage HMO and Medicare Advantage PPO Plans Offer a Wide Choice of Options to Protect Members’ Health and Financial Security

Community Blue Medicare HMO Expands into Six New Counties in Central PA

Highmark Blue Shield

CAMP HILL, Pa. (Oct. 1, 2016) — Highmark Blue Shield announced today that its Community Blue Medicare HMO Signature Plan will expand into six new counties in Central Pennsylvania. It joins Highmark's Freedom Blue PPO, Medigap Blue Medicare Supplement plans and Blue Rx standalone prescription drug plans in a product line-up designed to meet various health needs and budgets. The 2017 Medicare annual election period runs Oct. 15 through Dec.7, 2016.

Highmark Community Blue Medicare HMO will now be available in Berks, Lancaster, Lebanon, Snyder, Schuylkill and Union counties. It features a broad network of over 80 local and community hospitals and worldwide coverage for urgent and emergency care. Copays are $5 for in-network primary care physician office visits and preferred generic drugs. There are no referrals or deductibles. Premiums begin at $16 or $26 depending on the county.

"We are always listening to our customers," said Lori Rund, Highmark's vice president of senior markets. "This year they told us they wanted simplicity and choice. We built our 2017 health plans on those principles, keeping in mind that helping our members protect their health and financial security is our first priority."

In addition to coverage for medical care and hospitalization, Community Blue Medicare HMO covers important extras like routine dental and vision care and hearing aids. Silver Sneakers gym memberships are included as well.

Detailed plan designs and premium information for Highmark’s 2017 Medicare offerings will be available on the CMS website beginning Oct. 1 so consumers can get an advance look at benefits and pricing before the annual election period begins on Oct. 15.

"When selecting a Medicare plan, premiums are only one part of the story," noted Rund. "We encourage seniors to carefully weigh how each benefit plan design fits with their current needs. The plan that was right for you last year may not be the best choice this year."

Highmark offers consumers online tools so they can make side-by-side comparisons of plans based on their individual health care spending and anticipated costs. They can receive one-on-one consultation at a Highmark Direct health insurance retail store, via the telephone or in-home visits.

ABOUT HIGHMARK BLUE SHIELD

Highmark Inc. doing business as Highmark Blue Shield serves approximately 1.2 million members through the company’s health care benefits business and hundreds of thousands of additional members through the Blue Card program. It employs nearly 2,300 people in central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley. Highmark Blue Shield is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of the independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. For more information, visit www.highmark.com.

Community Blue Medicare HMO is a limited network plan. If you want access to Highmark's full provider network, you may wish to consider our Freedom Blue PPO Medicare Advantage product.

Please verify that your providers are participating before enrolling. If a provider does not participate, neither Medicare nor Community Blue Medicare HMO will be responsible for the costs. This information is not a complete description of benefits. Contact the plan for more information. Limitations, copayments, and restrictions may apply. Benefits, premiums and/or co-payments/co-insurance may change on January 1 of each year. You must continue to pay your Medicare Part B premium. The Formulary, pharmacy network, and/or provider network may change at any time. You will receive notice when necessary. SilverSneakers is a registered mark of Healthways, Inc. Healthways, Inc., is a separate company that administers the SilverSneakers program. Highmark Choice Company and Highmark Senior Health Company are Medicare Advantage plans with a Medicare contract. HM Health Insurance Company is a PDP plan with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in Highmark Choice Company, Highmark Senior Health Company, and HM Health Insurance Company depends on contract renewal. Highmark Blue Shield, Highmark Choice Company, Highmark Senior Health Company and HM Health Insurance Company are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.

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For more information, contact:
Leilyn Perri
Highmark Blue Shield
717-302-4243
leilyn.perri@highmarkhealth.org