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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 01-663


Highmark Inc. d/b/a Pennsylvania Blue Shield; Rate Filing No. 200105

[31 Pa.B. 2082]

   On March 30, 2001, Highmark Inc. d/b/a Pennsylvania Blue Shield, requests approval to revise rates for Community Group Medical/Surgical Plans in the Capital Blue Cross, Independence Blue Cross and Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania regions. Rates vary by agent plan region and program to reflect differences in claim costs and expenses. The filing requests an overall average increase of about 7.91%. This will produce additional annual premium income of about $4.3 million.

Region % Increase Contracts
Capital Blue Cross
Fee Schedule 45.7% 11,039
UCR 4.0% 309,608
Independence Blue Cross
Fee Schedule 36.1% 3,555
UCR 25.1% 39,971
Blue Cross of Northeast PA
Fee Schedule 28.9% 6,721
UCR 6.8% 166,479
All Regions Combined
Fee Schedule 37.6% 21,315
UCR 7.3% 516,058

   The requested effective date of the change is October 1, 2001.

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

   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. 01-663. Filed for public inspection April 13, 2001, 9:00 a.m.]

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