Highmark Inc. is regularly featured in regional and national publications and other media outlets. This media coverage highlights our leadership in a variety of areas.
- Interview focuses on Highmark's CaregiverHQ comprehensive caregiver support system
April 11, 2014
KQV-AM (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
In an interview with KQV-AM, Philip Tanner, director of CaregiverHQ, discusses CaregiverHQ, Highmark's new comprehensive caregiver support system. The service will help to address a question that has long confronted volunteer adult caregivers: Who will care for the caregivers while they are providing care?
- 3 insurers sign up 180,000 Pennsylvanians for Obamacare through Healthcare.gov
April 1, 2014
Three health insurers signed up nearly 180,000 Pennsylvanians for coverage through Healthcare.gov during the Affordable Care Act's first open enrollment period, which closed on Monday. Highmark, the state's largest health insurer, enrolled 30,000 Pennsylvanians in the last three weeks as a surge of last-minute shoppers beat a deadline to get insurance or incur a tax penalty. The flood pushed Highmark's total sign-ups to 104,000 in Pennsylvania on the website, the insurer said.
- Quad Awards Handed Out
March 31, 2014
WICU-TV (Erie, Pa.)
It was recognition day for those who participated in all four events of the 31st Annual Highmark Quad Games that's running, swimming, biking and cross country skiing. In the ceremony at TREC, each person received a quad championship shirt. Craig Latimer, of the YMCA of Greater Erie is the organizer of the games. Latimer, affectionately known to many as the "Quadfather," presented awards for the top three finishers in each age group.
- Highmark Blue Shield makes donation to Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland & Perry Counties
March 18, 2014
Highmark Blue Shield has donated $3,500 to support the programs and services of Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland & Perry Counties. Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland & Perry Counties is a nonprofit organization that provides services to those who experience violence in their homes.
- Health law ensures insurers won’t lose
March 16, 2014
When asked a few weeks back if Highmark's individual health plans among the cheapest in the country were underpriced, company CEO William Winkenwerder Jr. said they weren't. "We do not intend to lose money," Dr. Winkenwerder said during a February media briefing. "We believe the products have been appropriately priced, [and] that we'll be able to manage their costs." But even if the plans do lose money, Highmark and other insurers will be protected when it comes to products being sold through federal and state-operated health care marketplaces.
- Highmark gift to aid medical students at WACC
March 15, 2014
John Wheelus has his eye on the prize a job at a local hospital at the end of his studies for an associate degree in nursing from Westmoreland County Community College. Wheelus, 31, of North Huntingdon joked on Friday that "you may not be sure nursing is for you, especially after that first bed bath," but he's sure it's the right fit for him. He said a $50,000 gift presented Friday to WCCC from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield might go a long way in helping him land a job that's close to home when he graduates in May.
- Majority backs forced health pact between UPMC, Highmark
March 14, 2014
Should Highmark and UPMC fail to strike a new deal, Pittsburgh-area employers won't be dumping Highmark's insurance plans but they won't be offering Highmark exclusively either, according to a small survey from the Pittsburgh Business Group on Health. The survey, conducted in February, asked member companies, "If UPMC and Highmark are not legally required to contract with each other, will you change carriers?" Nearly 40 companies responded to the survey.
- Blue Cross of NEPA looks to mirror success seen in West Virginia
March 3, 2014
Citizens' Voice (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.)
Seventeen years ago, Mountain State Blue Cross Blue Shield sought help. With about 221,355 subscribers, the small West Virginia-based health insurer needed to improve its antiquated services and gain financial stability to compete with larger companies. In 1999, the insurer chose to affiliate with health insurance giant Highmark Inc. Since then, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia saw both its employment and membership spike by about 30 percent.
- Highmark rejects markups for cancer care
Feb. 26, 2014
Highmark will no longer accept price markups on some oncology-related services beginning April 1, the Pittsburgh insurer announced Wednesday, a move that health provider giant UPMC promptly labeled "an egregious contract violation." What's at stake is some $200 million in annual markups for cancer treatments from a variety of providers including UPMC double the amount billed from just three years ago.
- Highmark will reimburse by procedure, not location
Feb. 25, 2014
As a practicing physician for decades, I welcomed the opportunity to help improve the quality of life for individual patients. Now, as a physician executive for a health insurance plan, I am able to touch thousands of patients' lives by helping affect the quality and cost of their care and creating more value for the dollars they spend on health care. Scanning today's health care landscape though, I'm troubled that the cost of care doesn't correlate to the quality of care patients are receiving. As a consumer, you can be served better.
- Highmark to insure same-sex couples
Feb. 24, 2014
Highmark Inc. could be offering family health plans to same-sex Pennsylvania couples on the retail market as soon as early spring, according to a company spokesman. While many health carriers already offer family or spousal plans to same-sex couples and explicitly recognize same-sex marriage across all products, Highmark is not among them at least not when to comes to retail plans sold to individuals and family policies being sold through, and alongside, the new federal health insurance marketplace.
- Highmark pledges $500,000 to Whitaker Center
Feb. 21, 2014
Highmark Blue Shield announced its pledge to provide $500,000 to support the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts and especially the Surgery Live! program during a press conference on Feb. 21. The money will be given during a five-year period and will also help fund Medical IMAX Theatre improvements.
- Memorial Hospital announces new agreement with Highmark Blue Shield
Feb. 21, 2014
Memorial Hospital announced Friday that it recently finalized a new agreement with Highmark Blue Shield. The new contract went into effect Feb. 1 and continues to provide Highmark members in-network access to Memorial Hospital and its various services, whether elective or emergency.
- Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community registration is open
Feb. 20, 2014
The Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community will be held May 17 at Harrisburg Area Community College. Online registration is now open. Because Highmark underwrites the cost of the walk, 100 percent of the money raised goes to the selected charity.
- Highmark releases details of proposed merger with Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania
Feb. 19, 2014
In a merger application filed with the state, Pittsburgh health insurer Highmark Inc. says it will try to maintain current employment levels in northeastern Pennsylvania "until the fourth anniversary of the closing date" of its acquisition of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Highmark would do business in northeastern Pennsylvania under trade names now used by BCNEPA "for at least 12 months" after the merger is closed.
- Highmark, Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania merger proposal preserves jobs
Feb. 19, 2014
Highmark Inc. pledged to preserve jobs at Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania for at least four years after their proposed merger closes and said any reductions in the workforce would come primarily through attrition. The disclosure was made in documents the state's biggest health insurer and its Wilkes-Barre merger partner submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Insurance seeking approval of their deal. The insurance department released the documents on Wednesday, a day after the deal was announced.
- Highmark seeks to merge with Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania
Feb. 18, 2014
Three months after Highmark announced that it would seek a "stronger affiliation" with Wilkes-Barre's Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania, the nature of that affiliation has been revealed: The two health insurers want to join forces. The proposed merger, if it's approved by the state, would extend Highmark's geographic reach and would instantly add about 550,000 members in 13 northeastern counties to the Pittsburgh insurer's existing membership.
- Highmark plans merger with another Pennsylvania Blues plan
Feb. 18, 2014
Highmark Inc. and Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania said Tuesday they intend to become one health insurer. Highmark, also a non-profit Blues plan, is already Pennsylvania's largest health insurer, with 5.2 million members in Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia. Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania covers 545,000 people in 13 counties in north central and northeastern Pennsylvania.
- Special Valentine: Western Beaver gives the gift of CPR training
Feb. 13, 2014
Beaver County Times
Western Beaver received 100 Mini Anne CPR mannequins in a grant from Highmark Inc. and the American Heart Association. They were distributed Wednesday to students, who were to take them home and teach CPR to friends, families and neighbors as a Valentine's Day gift.
- Highmark dominates in Healthcare.gov enrollments
Feb. 13, 2014
UPMC Health Plan signed up fewer than 1,000 insurance subscribers under the Affordable Care Act through the end of last month offering the first glimpse of how Western Pennsylvania's No. 2 health insurer has fared in four months of selling plans on Healthcare.gov. Its chief rival, Highmark Inc., meanwhile, continued its dominance of the federal marketplace, saying that its four-month total topped 61,000 new members.
- Highmark claiming high retention figures
Feb. 10, 2014
It was a big deal when the city of Pittsburgh decided last summer to allow its employees a choice of health insurers for the coming year, giving them a health plan option other than Highmark for the first time since 2007. But when presented with that choice, 95 percent of city employees still went with Highmark this year rather than HealthAmerica, according to figures supplied by Highmark.
- Pittsburgh Botanic Garden receives $75K grant
Feb. 7, 2014
Highmark has given the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden near Oakdale a $75,000 grant for work in the eight-acre Dogwood Meadow. The garden is part of a 60-acre site that is expected to open to visitors in late July or early August.
- Highmark Inc. signs on to sponsor radio program Disability Matters with Joyce Bender
Feb. 4, 2014
SBWire, The Small Business Newswire
Voice America Talk Radio Network, the Internet broadcasting pioneer that produces and syndicates online audio and video, today announced that the show Disability Matters with Joyce Bender entered into an agreement with health insurer Highmark Inc., based in Pittsburgh, to sponsor the show during 2014 on the VoiceAmerica Variety Channel.
- Heat lamps warm up some downtown Pittsburgh bus shelters
Feb. 4, 2014
This morning, Sylvester Lighty held his hand near the heat lamp recently installed on the ceiling of the Liberty Avenue and Ninth Street bus shelter Downtown. The heat lamp, wedged into a corner of the bus shelter's ceiling like a metal wasp's nest, is among four that have been installed by Pittsburgh insurer Highmark Inc. since early January.
- Catholic Charities to honor Highmark executives at annual dinner April 2
Feb. 2, 2014
Cape Gazette (Lewes, Del.)
Timothy J. Constantine, president of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware, and William E. Kirk III, Esq., the company's vice president and corporate secretary, will receive the Msgr. Thomas J. Reese Award at the Catholic Charities Annual Tribute Dinner to be held Wednesday, April 2.
- Cost crucial for uninsured sign-ups looking for health coverage
Jan. 16, 2014
When Sam Morey went shopping for insurance last month on HealthCare.gov, the 29-year-old from Bloomfield bought one of Highmark Inc.'s Community Blue plans. Morey, who has had no health coverage since 2008, said he was not concerned that he wouldn't be able to go to most UPMC hospitals or see doctors in the region's largest health system.
- NAACP in Pittsburgh supporting health care bills
Jan. 16, 2014
Beaver County Times
The NAACP's Pittsburgh branch announced its support on Thursday for two health care bills sponsored by state Rep. Jim Christiana that would effectively end the ongoing contract issues between UPMC and Highmark Inc. If enacted, House Bills 1621 and 1622, known together as the Patient Access and Consumer Choice Bills, would require hospitals and physicians in integrated delivery networks health plans that also have hospital systems, such as Highmark and UPMC to contract with "any willing" insurer.
- Highmark case may redefine patent infringement law
Jan. 1, 2014
Two cases pending before the Supreme Court could give federal trial judges more discretion in deciding when a company sued for patent infringement can recover their legal costs from the person or company that sued them, according to a Mt. Lebanon lawyer who is a national expert in intellectual property law.
- UPMC, Highmark drop antitrust lawsuits
Dec. 30, 2013
UPMC and Highmark Inc. ended four years of antitrust litigation on Monday by dismissing their lawsuits to meet a federal judge's order. The companies dismissed their lawsuits with prejudice, which means they can't refile them.
- West Branch receives grant to teach CPR
Dec. 26, 2013
The Progress (Clearfield, Pa.)
Students at the West Branch Area School District will learn CPR thanks to a $10,000 from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. Superintendent Michelle Dutrow said the district applied for the grant in October. On Nov. 22, the district received a letter from Highmark stating it was one of those chosen.
- Highmark Local Workforce Initiative opens doors with training programs
Dec. 19, 2013
David Chalfant decided last year that he'd had enough of working as a stock clerk in a grocery store. The West Mifflin resident enrolled in October 2012 in a machinist training program known as Manufacturing 2000 at New Century Careers in the South Side. New Century was one of 31 nonprofit organizations in Pennsylvania that received grants of at least $50,000 from the Highmark Local Workforce Initiative, a two-year program that started in 2011.
- Highmark program brings gifts, holiday cheer to seniors
Dec. 16, 2013
Through its annual Presents for Seniors program, Highmark is helping to bring holiday joy to more than 400 seniors who live alone in Allegheny County. Local organizations picked up gifts provided by Highmark employees at an event Monday morning in Pittsburgh.
- Highmark Local Workforce Initiative helps local nonprofits
Dec. 13, 2013
WJET-TV (Erie, Pa.)
$2.4 million was given to 31 different nonprofit organizations through the Highmark Local Workforce Initiative. Some of that money is benefiting local organizations. Six nonprofits in Erie received around $325,000 to fund career development programs.
- Highmark health plan enrollment skyrockets from Healthcare.gov
Dec. 10, 2013
Uninsured Pennsylvanians are having better luck finalizing insurance coverage through the once-gummed-up government exchange. Highmark Inc., the state's largest health insurer, said on Tuesday that the number of people it has enrolled for so-called Obamacare policies has jumped sixfold in the past four weeks. Highmark said 10,112 people bought its plans as of Dec. 9 up from 1,665 on Nov. 12.
- W.Va. Obamacare enrollment: 1,237
Dec. 10, 2013
While there's more work to be done on Healthcare.gov, the head of the only company offering insurance plans on West Virginia's Health Insurance Marketplace said he's encouraged by new enrollment figures. As of Monday, 1,237 West Virginians had enrolled in plans on the federal exchange, according to new information from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.
- Harrisburg officials, business leaders, honored at chambers Catalyst Awards banquet
Dec. 4, 2013
The Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDC Wednesday night presented its 2013 Catalyst Awards at the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts. Highmark received the Business Diversity Champion of the Year award.
- Highmark grant credited with helping 32 young adults get jobs in Lehigh Valley
Dec. 4, 2013
Express-Times (Easton, Pa.)
More than a year ago, Jacob Gaugler believed his life had no purpose. He was out of work and saw no light at the end of the tunnel. That's until he received help from the Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living's Career Path program. Gaugler shared his story before a group of about 25 during a news conference today in Allentown at which Highmark Inc. and the Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living announced the impact of the Highmark Local Workforce Initiative.
- Highmark grants aid job training at seven midstate organizations
Dec. 3, 2013
In the Local Workforce Initiative, launched in 2011, Highmark Inc. has provided $2.4 million in grants of at least $50,000 to 31 midstate nonprofit organizations. Most of the organizations have found additional funding to continue the programs or build upon them, said Rebecca Kleha, Highmark spokeswoman. For example, the YWCA of Harrisburg leveraged the Highmark grant to secure a $900,000 grant from the Department of Labor.
- Highmark extends Special Care coverage 6 months due to Obamacare problems
Nov. 26, 2013
Highmark Inc. said Tuesday that it was giving people who are covered under its low-cost SpecialCare health insurance program a six-month reprieve because of the problems with the launch of the federal government's health insurance website. The coverage, which was set to expire Dec. 31, will be extended through June 30.
- How Highmark BCBS helps reduce hospital readmissions
Nov. 13, 2013
Hospital readmission rates remain stubborn. Hoping to move the needle, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield has made its care transition program, which tracks readmissions indicators, mandatory for hospitals that have failed to meet a certain threshold.
- Highmark eyes deal with Blue Cross company in northeast Pa.
Nov. 12, 2013
Health giant Highmark Inc. is eyeing opportunities to grow outside of western Pennsylvania as it prepares for the possibility of losing customers in the region when its contract with rival UPMC expires. Highmark said on Tuesday that it is talking with Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania about creating a "stronger affiliation" between two of the state's four nonprofit Blue Cross companies.
- Highmark's Quality Blue Hospital Program works with health care providers to improve quality for members
Nov. 6, 2013
WHTM (Harrisburg, Pa.)
Highmark Inc. today released results from the company's Quality Blue Hospital Pay for Performance program that demonstrates clinical outcome improvements by hospitals in western and central Pennsylvania and West Virginia in many different areas.
- Virtual doctor's office visits via telemedicine to be norm
Oct. 31, 2013
Virtual doctor visits could become as common as face-to-face appointments because health insurers, hospital systems and employers view it as a way to clamp down on rising medical costs. In western Pennsylvania, health giants UPMC and Highmark Inc. are rolling out new services that allow patients to video-conference with doctors through computers, tablets and smartphones. They are the first to offer such services in the region.
- Highmark, HVHS reach new contract
Oct. 31, 2013
Highmark insurance customers will continue to have access to care at Heritage Valley Health System locations, after the two entities reached a new contract agreement this week. The new agreement ensures that Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield members will be able to receive health care services at all HVHS offices, medical neighborhoods and at its two hospital campuses, Heritage Valley Beaver in Brighton Township and Heritage Valley Sewickley.
- Highmark smooths way for new company
Oct. 30, 2013
Highmark Inc. is in the early stages of launching a business services company that would house some of the Pittsburgh insurer's health information technology services as well as its various research and development teams. Although premature to discuss the future, on paper, the re-drawing of Highmark's organizational chart would better allow Highmark's IT team and back-office claims units to act as vendors to third-party clients, particularly other Blue Cross Blue Shield insurers.
- Highmark agrees to sell its eyewear subsidiary
Oct. 24, 2013
Highmark Inc.'s vision subsidiary is selling its wholesale eyewear unit, Viva Optique, to Marcolin SpA, an international eyewear designer based in Italy, the companies announced. Highmark's vision unit, HVHC Inc., has agreed to a stock purchase agreement with Marcolin and its majority owner, European private equity firm PAI Partners, which bought a 78 percent stake in Marcolin a year ago. Eventually, Visionworks will have a retail presence in 46 or 47 states.
- Hamilton Health: $6 million down, $1 million to go toward providing better health care for the poor
Oct. 23, 2013
Surging needs for medical care for newborns and mental health care among the poor are the driving forces behind the latest expansion of Hamilton Health Center. Hamilton Health Center, a Harrisburg-based clinic hopes to open new space devoted to those needs in about a year.
- Health care giants UPMC, Highmark reach agreement over anti-trust suits
Oct. 23, 2013
UPMC and Highmark Inc. might finally agree on something: It's time to end a four-year legal battle. The health care giants on Wednesday tentatively agreed to end a pair of antitrust lawsuits. But that won't keep the contract between them from expiring in December 2014. Pushed by a federal judge, lawyers reached the deal to end a 2009 lawsuit that West Penn filed against UPMC and a 2012 lawsuit that UPMC filed against Highmark and West Penn.
- Robert Morris University CEO Lecture Series: Highmark Health CEO William Winkenwerder, Jr., M.D.
Oct. 16, 2013
Robert Morris University recently invited Dr. Bill Winkenwerder, Jr., chief executive officer and president of Highmark Health, to be a guest speaker for their CEO lecture series to share his insight and expertise on current health care issues affecting Americans today.
- Highmark official says federal insurance marketplace web glitches are improving
Oct. 16, 2013
Daily Mail (Charleston, W.Va.)
The head of the only West Virginia insurance company selling plans through the federal insurance marketplace says website glitches are getting better but haven't all been fixed. Fred Early, president of Highmark West Virginia, said the federal government is making regular updates to its health insurance marketplace, healthcare.gov, which has been plagued by technical problems since it opened Oct. 1.
- Davis Vision launches newly rebranded website
Oct. 15, 2013
Davis Vision believes that vision care, like vision, should be perfectly clear. That's why Davis Vision part of the HVHC Inc. family of companies and a leader in providing comprehensive, low-cost vision benefit solutions launched a newly rebranded and enhanced websitein conjunction with their recent 'EyeCare Reframed' rebranding.
- WPMSDC hosts ninth annual awards gala
Oct. 10, 2013
New Pittsburgh Courier
The Western Pennsylvania Minority Supplier Development Council honored top regional minority businesses and corporations at their Ninth Annual Awards Gala on Friday, October 4, 2013 at the LeMont Restaurant on Mount Washington. Highmark Health Services was awarded with the coveted Corporation of the Year award for their success in developing minority business, providing opportunities and supporting WPMSDC's programs.
- The Reform Nation: Preparing Americans for the Affordable Care Act
Oct. 9, 2013
1 to 1 Media
For Highmark Health Services, communication began in 2010, when the healthcare reform laws were first passed. From web and print, to telephone and social media, Highmark has been working to inform consumers about the healthcare industry overall. While Highmark on Health Reform focuses on the law's timeline and provisions, Discover Highmark helps consumers understand what the law means to them and how to make coverage decisions.
- Marketplace plans vary widely in costs, within counties and across the country
Oct. 7, 2013
Insurance & Financial Advisor
The lowest-priced silver plan in the country is in Pittsburgh, Pa., where a Highmark plan that excludes some area doctors and hospitals is being sold for $134 a month for a 27-year-old. Like many insurers, Highmark has created a smaller network to help hold down premiums.
- Authority accepts Highmark offer
Oct. 6, 2013
The Altoona Housing Authority has accepted an offer from Highmark to shift the renewal date for its employee health insurance to the end of this year so it can retain current premiums through next year postponing a 40 to 50 percent increase due to the Affordable Care Act.
- Highmark, Butler Health System reach multi-year deal
Oct. 5, 2013
Highmark and Butler Health System have renewed a contract that ensures Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield members will have access to the health system. Highmark and Butler did not reveal details of the multi-year pact. Both parties said that the new Affordable Care Act, which took effect Tuesday, did not affect the terms of the agreement.
- Highmark Blue Shield discusses the health insurance market place
On Oct. 1, WHP-TV, a central Pennsylvania CBS affiliate, discussed the opening of the health insurance market place and what it means for consumers. Kelly Lieblein, regional vice president of Highmark Blue Shield, is featured in the segment.