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Tuesday, November 01, 2022

Highmark announces 2023 Affordable Care Act products in Northeastern Pennsylvania

Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (November 1, 2022) — Highmark today announced its Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance products in Northeastern Pennsylvania for the upcoming year, offering individuals and families new PPO products, lower select premiums and copays, and innovative new benefits.

On November 1, Highmark will unveil a range of affordable, high-quality coverage options, including access to high-quality doctors and hospitals around the country with additional flexibility to see out-of-network providers.

“We are committed to providing high-quality affordable health care to individuals and families across Pennsylvania,” says Ellen Galardy, Senior VP of Consumer Markets for Highmark. “Thousands of Highmark members and millions of consumers nationwide have benefitted from expanded ACA subsidies that lower what they pay for their coverage, and those subsidies have been extended through at least 2025. At a time when inflation is rising and household budgets are tight, there’s an affordable Highmark ACA plan for every individual and family in Pennsylvania.”

Almost 90% of Highmark’s ACA marketplace members in Pennsylvania qualify for subsidies or tax credits to make their coverage more affordable, with nearly 15,000 of Highmark’s Pennsylvania members enrolled in plans with a premium of less than $5 per month after subsidy.

2023 Individual and Family plans
“In response to consumer demands in the market, we will transition our Northeastern Pennsylvania members to my Priority Blue Flex PPO plans for 2023,” says Bill Tuthill, Vice President of Federal Markets. “Members will continue to have in-network access to the same high-quality doctors and hospitals around the country as they do now, but they will gain the flexibility to see out-of-network providers if they choose.”

In Northeastern Pennsylvania, my Priority Blue Flex PPO ACA plans provide broad access to doctors and hospitals across the region and across the country. Through the BlueCard® program, Highmark plans include in-network coverage for services received from more than 95 percent of doctors and hospitals nationwide, including in New York and New Jersey. Highmark has also expanded the number of ACA plans with bundled adult dental and vision coverage, in addition to medical and pharmacy coverage.

“Our most popular plans aren’t changing for 2023. But since we realize that our ACA customers aren’t always looking for the same thing in a health plan, we make a broad range of plans available and help our customers to enroll in the one that’s right for them,” says Tuthill. “More Northeastern Pennsylvania consumers are choosing Highmark, with our total ACA membership in the region growing in each of the past three years”

While the open enrollment period runs through January 15, consumers must enroll by December 15 for coverage that starts on January 1. For more information on Highmark’s 2023 ACA health insurance products, visit Highmark.com or call 844-759-2209.

About Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
Highmark Inc., doing business as Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, serves approximately 2.6 million members through the company’s health care benefits business and hundreds of thousands of additional members through the BlueCard® program. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield is the market leader in commercial market share, and through its affiliated Blue companies has strong Medicare Advantage market share as well. All of Highmark's Medicare Advantage plans in Pennsylvania achieved the highest possible quality rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) - 5 out of a possible 5 Stars. In western Pennsylvania, its unaided brand awareness, brand preference and overall brand rating are significantly higher than its closest competitor. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield employs approximately 4,500 people in western, north central and northeastern Pennsylvania. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield’s total economic impact throughout Pennsylvania is more than $16 billion.  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 Health
570-574-0050
Anthony.Matrisciano@highmarkhealth.org