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Friday, October 13, 2023

Highmark's Medicare Advantage plans earn high scores in federal quality program - Delaware

  • Delaware PPO plans scored 4 out of possible 5 Stars in their first year

Wilmington, Del. (October 13, 2023) — Highmark announced today that its Freedom Blue PPO Medicare Advantage plans in Delaware have achieved a 4 out of a possible 5 Star quality rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Medicare Advantage Plans are evaluated on a scale of one to five. In arriving at the overall annual quality rating, CMS takes into account how well health plans score in five different categories including (1) keeping members healthy and up-to-date on preventive care measures, (2) managing chronic health conditions, (3) providing positive member health care experiences (4) handling problems and complaints, and (5) customer service.

“We are very proud to achieve a 4-Star quality rating in our first year of serving Medicare Advantage members in Delaware” said Bill Rayball, Vice President, Government Quality at Highmark. "The Star ratings show that Highmark in partnership with ChristianaCare and BayHealth is committed to listening to our members and providing exceptional benefits, networks and pricing in Delaware."

Unlike traditional Medicare, Medicare Advantage plans limit the amount of out-of-pocket contribution a beneficiary is required to make. In addition to covering the same hospital and medical services as Medicare Parts A & B, Highmark Medicare Advantage plans include benefits for preventive care, hearing aids, vision and dental care, and popular fitness memberships.

Highmark’s 2024 Medicare Advantage offerings include a complete portfolio of plans so any Medicare shopper can find the Highmark plan that’s right for them.  Highmark’s offerings include plans with $0 premiums, plans with market-leading medical benefits, and even a plan designed specifically for veterans.  An additional focus for Highmark in 2024 was to make access to dental care easier.  Several Highmark plans will see reduced out-of-pocket costs for dental services such as root canals, crowns, and dentures, and coverage for out-of-network dental services make accessing care easier. 

The annual election period for seniors to choose Medicare Advantage coverage for next year runs from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7.

Consumers can learn more about the CMS Star ratings at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) website.

Detailed descriptions of all Highmark Medicare Advantage plans, including network and pricing, are available at

This information is not a complete description of benefits. Call the phone number on the back of your member ID card (TTY users may call 711) for more information. 

Every year, Medicare evaluates plans based on a 5-star rating system.

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield is a Medicare Advantage HMO, PPO, and/or Part D plan with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in these plans depends on contract renewal. 

Highmark BCBSD Inc. d/b/a Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield serves the state of Delaware and is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.  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.

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. As the fourth-largest overall Blue Cross Blue Shield-affiliated organization, Highmark Inc. and its Blue-branded affiliates proudly cover the insurance needs of approximately 6.8 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

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