Highmark announces 2024 Affordable Care Act products in Western Pennsylvania
Wednesday, November 01, 2023
Highmark announces 2024 Affordable Care Act products in Western Pennsylvania
PITTSBURGH (November 1, 2023) — Highmark announced its Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance products in Western Pennsylvania for 2024, offering individuals and families high-quality, low-cost and convenient health coverage options to help them be at their best.
“Highmark has an ACA plan for every lifestyle and health need,” says Bill Tuthill, vice president of Federal Markets for Highmark. “Over the last year, we have seen increases in enrollment in every age group, from young adults leaving their parents’ health coverage to older Americans transitioning from their employer-based insurance in their 50s and 60s. And, with Medicaid eligibility determinations resuming, the ACA marketplace will offer those who no longer qualify for Medicaid affordable, high-quality options to ensure there are no gaps in health coverage and care.”
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. Nearly 90 percent of Highmark’s ACA members in Pennsylvania qualify for subsidies or tax credits to make their coverage more affordable. Nearly 15,000 of our Pennsylvania members are enrolled in a plan with a premium of less than $5 per month after subsidy.
“The ACA marketplace is thriving, with more than 18 million Americans enrolled in affordable, accessible plans that provide strong benefits,” says Ellen Galardy, president of Federal Business at Highmark. “We are proud that more Western Pennsylvanians are choosing Highmark, with our ACA membership in the region more than doubling over the past two years — from about 23,000 in 2021 to about 48,000 today.”
2024 Individual and Family plans “Our most popular plans aren’t changing for 2024,” says Tuthill. “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 coverage options available and help our customers to enroll in the plan that’s right for them.”
Together Blue is Highmark’s most affordable and most popular ACA product in Western Pennsylvania, connecting the world-class care of Allegheny Health Network (AHN) with an innovative service and experience model from Highmark. Our innovative service model, the Together Connect Team, acts as a one-stop shop for Together Blue members, providing a best-in-class experience with clinical guidance and access to MyChart and appointment scheduling.
This year, Highmark is excited to launch Together Blue Virtual Choice, an innovative new plan design that offers $0 copays for primary care, specialist, mental health, and urgent care visits when received virtually. Additionally, members in this plan will have access to a dedicated Together Connect Guide, a personal concierge agent on the Together Connect Team.
“Highmark is committed to transforming health care by making it more personalized, proactive, accessible, and technology-enabled,” says Galardy. “Together Blue Virtual Choice is one example of the way we’re leveraging technology to increase access and convenience for our members — along with other popular options available to all ACA members that extend care for items ranging from mental health, to physical therapy, to dermatology, to chronic physical health conditions like diabetes.”
With so much to offer, plus some of the lowest premiums in the region, more Western Pennsylvania consumers are choosing Together Blue. Total ACA membership in Together Blue has doubled since 2021, from about 10,400 to 20,800. Surveyed members have a nearly 99% satisfaction with Together Blue.
Highmark will also offer my Blue Access PPO plans in each of the 29 Western Pennsylvania counties that Highmark serves, providing individuals and families access to the broadest local and national network of doctors and hospitals, all without requiring referrals to see a specialist.
While the open enrollment period runs through January 15, consumers must enroll by December 15for coverage that starts on January 1. For more information on Highmark’s 2024 ACA health insurance products, visit Highmark.com or call 855-977-5935.
About Highmark Inc. One of America's leading health insurance organizations and an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Highmark Inc. (the Health Plan) and its affiliated health plans (collectively, the Health Plans) work passionately to deliver high-quality, accessible, understandable, and affordable experiences, outcomes, and solutions to customers. Highmark Inc. and its Blue-branded affiliates proudly cover the insurance needs of approximately 7 million members in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York and West Virginia. Its diversified businesses serve group customer and individual needs across the United States through dental insurance and other related businesses. For more information, visit www.highmark.com.
All references to “Highmark” in this document are references to the Highmark company that is providing the member’s health benefits or health benefit administration and/or to one or more of its affiliated Blue companies. This website is operated by Highmark, Inc. and is not the Health Insurance Marketplace website. It also does not display all Qualified Health Plans available through the Health Insurance Marketplace website. To see all available Qualified Health Plan options, go to the Health Insurance Marketplace website at HealthCare.gov.
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield or Highmark Blue Shield are Medicare Advantage HMO, PPO, and/or Part D plans with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in these plans depends on contract renewal. ®Blue Cross, Blue Shield and the Cross and Shield symbols are registered service marks of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans. Benefits and/or benefit administration may be provided by or through the following entities, which are independent licensees of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association: Western and Northeastern PA: Highmark Inc. d/b/a Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Highmark Choice Company, Highmark Health Insurance Company, Highmark Coverage Advantage Inc., Highmark Benefits Group Inc., First Priority Health, First Priority Life or Highmark Senior Health Company. Central and Southeastern PA: Highmark Inc. d/b/a Highmark Blue Shield, Highmark Benefits Group Inc., Highmark Health Insurance Company, Highmark Choice Company or Highmark Senior Health Company. PA: Your plan may not cover all your health care expenses. Read your plan materials carefully to determine which health care services are covered. For more information, call the number on the back of your member ID card or, if not a member, call 866-459-4418. Delaware: Highmark BCBSD Inc. d/b/a Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. West Virginia: Highmark West Virginia Inc. d/b/a Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Highmark Health Insurance Company or Highmark Senior Solutions Company. Visit our website to view the Access Plan required by the Health Benefit Plan Network Access and Adequacy Act. You may also request a copy by contacting us at the number on the back of your ID card. Western NY: Highmark Western and Northeastern New York Inc. d/b/a Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. Northeastern NY: Highmark Western and Northeastern New York Inc. d/b/a Highmark Blue Shield.
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