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Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Highmark Blue Shield contracts with Temple Health for its planned entry into Southeast Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA (May 17, 2023) — Highmark Blue Shield today announced that Temple Health has entered into a Pennsylvania Insurance Department and the Pennsylvania Department of Health approved in-network provider contract with Highmark Inc. on behalf of itself and its affiliate health plans.

The agreement with Temple Health’s hospitals includes Individual Affordable Care Act, Small Group Affordable Care Act, Large Group Fully Insured, Large Group Self-Insured products from Highmark Blue Shield and its affiliates in the southeast Pennsylvania region to be effective January 1, 2024, subject to regulatory approvals.

“We are pleased to announce this agreement with the Temple Health System. It is one of the leading academic health systems in southeast Pennsylvania,” said Dan Tropeano, Highmark’s segment president for southeastern Pennsylvania. “They have numerous recognitions for their service to patients, including standout citations from Leapfrog, a nationally recognized transplant program, and they continue to expand many critical services lines, including services around telehealth. This is another key step as Highmark builds a hospital network in the region.”

Temple Health is a major Philadelphia-based academic health system. Temple Health drives medical advances through clinical innovation, pioneering research and world-class education. The health system has approximately 1,550 physicians and scientists. Temple Health earned highest honors in the 2023 Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) Achievement Awards.

“Highmark and Temple Health have both reliably served generations of Pennsylvanians,” said Nick Barcellona, Temple Health’s chief financial officer and treasurer. “Our agreement ushers in a new era in which individuals, families and employers in the region have greater choice in selecting high-quality, customized and community-oriented health insurance.”

About Highmark Blue Shield
Highmark Inc., doing business as Highmark Blue Shield, protects Pennsylvania individuals and families with a range of high-quality, affordable and reliable health insurance solutions. As the only Blue Shield licensee in Pennsylvania, Highmark Blue Shield has a long and successful history of delivering remarkable experiences in Southeastern Pennsylvania through the Federal Employee Program. Highmark Blue Shield earned a Brand Excellence Award from the national Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, in recognition of its efforts in building brand strength and providing superior customer service, solid financial performance and enrollment growth. Highmark is also annually recognized as a "Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality" from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, and a "Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion" through the Disability Equality Index® a leading national benchmark established jointly by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and Disability:IN. Highmark 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

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Leilyn Perri
Highmark Health