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Highmark announces 2017 Medicare products for northeastern Pennsylvania

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (Oct. 1, 2016) — Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield announced today it will offer a wide range of affordable Medicare Advantage plans in northeastern Pennsylvania to meet varying health care needs and budgets. The 2017 Medicare annual election period begins Oct. 15 and runs through Dec.7, 2016.

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

Highmark will again offer its Community Blue Medicare HMO Signature plan in northeastern Pennsylvania at the same low premiums, which range from $16 to $26 a month. Key features include $5 copays for primary care physician office visits and for preferred generic drugs. There are no referrals or deductibles.

"We wanted to make it as easy and simple as possible for members to get the care that they need," said Rund.

Community Blue Medicare HMO offers a broad network of over 80 local and community hospitals and worldwide coverage for urgent and emergency care. In addition to coverage for medical care and hospitalization, the plan covers important extras like routine dental and vision care, as well as hearing aids. SilverSneakers gym memberships are also included.

Highmark is also offering Freedom Blue PPO plans, BlueRx PDP stand-alone prescription drug plans, and Medigap Blue Medicare Supplement plans in northeastern Pennsylvania for 2017. Detailed plan designs and premium information for Highmark’s Medicare offerings will be available on the CMS website beginning Oct. 1. 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 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.

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 Cross 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:
Anthony Matrisciano
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
570-200-6310
anthony.matrisciano@highmarkhealth.org