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Highmark Statement on the Senate Health Care Legislation

Highmark Inc.

PITTSBURGH (July 6, 2017) — Highmark is committed to ensuring that everyone in our community can access affordable, high-quality health care coverage.

We have long advocated for policies to stabilize the individual market, including cost sharing reduction subsidies, funding to deal with individuals with high medical costs and strong incentives to obtain and maintain health insurance coverage.  We urge the Senate to continue to focus on these and other policies that moderate premiums and promote choice and competition in a stable, private insurance market.

We have also long supported a need to address care for our most vulnerable citizens, and believe that there needs to be a separate focus and dialogue on the Senate's work to ensure the Medicaid program offers a high-quality, sustainable environment for beneficiaries, managed care plans and health care providers.

Whether or not our leaders in Washington drive for immediate action to address health care in our nation, our country must address the longer term issues of medical care cost drivers and work toward a focus on high-quality, value-based health care.  

About Highmark Inc.

Highmark Inc. and its health insurance subsidiaries and affiliates collectively are among the ten largest health insurers in the United States and comprise the fourth-largest Blue Cross and Blue Shield-affiliated organization. Highmark Inc. and affiliates operate health insurance plans in Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia that serve 5 million members and hundreds of thousands of additional members through the BlueCard® program. Its diversified businesses serve group customer and individual needs across the United States through dental insurance, vision care and other related businesses. Highmark Inc. 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:
Aaron Billger
Highmark Inc.
Office: 412-544-7826
aaron.billger@highmarkhealth.org