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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 00-1348


Highmark Inc.; Medigap Medical Surgical Plans Base Rates; Filing No. 1-DPCM-00-HI

[30 Pa.B. 4189]

   Highmark Inc., d/b/a Pennsylvania Blue Shield, requests approval to increase its base rates for its Medigap Medical Surgical Plans in the Capital Blue Cross, Independence Blue Cross and Northeastern Pennsylvania regions. No change is requested for the Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield region. Increases will vary by region and plan, as follows.

Percentage Amount Increase
Region Plan (s) Increase (millions) PCPM Contracts
Capital C 4.1% $0.8 $2.10 30,500
Blue Cross A, B, H 3.3% $0.9 $1.45 50,800
Independence C 5.9% $2.0 $4.60 35,800
Blue Cross A, B, H 5.8% $1.2 $4.10 23,900
Blue Cross of C 12.7% $2.4 $7.10 28,300
Northeast PA A, B, H 13.6% $1.0 $6.55 13,600
Plan Total C 7.2% $5.1 $4.54 94,600
A, B, H 5.7% $3.1 $2.95 88,300
Total 6.6% $8.3 $3.77 182,900

   The filing requests an overall increase of about 6.6% of developed premium. This will affect about 182,900 contract holders and produce additional base premium income of about $8.3 million. The requested effective date of the change is January 1, 2001.

   Copies of the filing are available for public inspection during normal working hours, by appointment, at the Insurance Department's Harrisburg Regional Office and Philadelphia Regional Office.

   Interested parties are invited to submit written comments, suggestions or objections to Rashmi Mathur, Actuary, Bureau of Accident and Health Insurance, Insurance Department, 1311 Strawberry Square, Harrisburg, PA 17120, within 30 days after publication of this notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

Insurance Commissioner

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 00-1348. Filed for public inspection August 4, 2000, 9:00 a.m.]

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