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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 02-869


New Alliance d/b/a HealthAmerica; Rate Increase and Change in Rating Methodologies

[32 Pa.B. 2387]

   On April 26, 2002, New Alliance d/b/a HealthAmerica submitted a rate filing to revise the medical and pharmacy rates and rating methodologies used in New Alliance's service area. The HMO medical rates will increase 19%. The HMO prescription drug plans are being revised to match the HealthAmerica plans. The rate increase for prescription drug coverage varies by benefit plan and ranges from .4% to 12.2%. In addition, the filing requests that HealthAmerica's Group Specific Community Rating and Community Rating by Class (CRC and CRC-SBS) methodologies and factors be extended to the New Alliance service area.

   These changes will affect approximately 35,000 members. An effective date of July 1, 2002, is requested.

   This filing is available for public inspection during normal working hours at the Insurance Department's regional offices in Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Erie.

   Interested parties are invited to submit written comments, suggestions or objections to Cherri Sanders-Jones, Actuary, Bureau of Accident and Health Insurance, Insurance Department, 1345 Strawberry Square, Harrisburg, PA 17120 within 30 days after the publication of this notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

Insurance Commissioner

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 02-869. Filed for public inspection May 10, 2002, 9:00 a.m.]

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