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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 05-798


Highmark Inc. d/b/a Highmark Blue Shield; Attained Age Nongroup MedigapBlue Plans for the Central Pennsylvania Region Providing Standardized Benefit Packages E and I; Rate Filing

[35 Pa.B. 2482]

   By Filing No. 1-MGP(AA)-05-HBS Highmark Inc. has filed for approval revised rates for its non-group MedigapBlue program. The aggregate rate increase requested is about 1.3%. The requested effective date of the revised rates is September 1, 2005. The most recent prior rate adjustment for this program took effect on September 1, 2004. The current and requested rates for 65-69 years of age issues and the requested rate adjustments are as follows:

Benefit Plan
Plan E MB/E   $92.65   $92.65 0%
Plan I MB/I $149.00 $154.10 3.4%

   These rate adjustments would affect approximately 14,209 members and would produce approximately $0.27 million in additional premium annually.

   Effective January 1, 2006, Plan I participants will have the option of eliminating the Rx benefit from their coverage. Those choosing to do so would receive the following reduction in rates (65-69 years of age rate shown):

Benefit Plan
Proposed Plan I
Rate With Rx
Benefit Effective
September 1, 2005
Proposed Plan I
Rate Without Rx
Benefit Effective
January 1, 2006
Rate Adjustment
Due to Elimination
of Rx Benefit
Plan I without Rx $154.10 $99.90 -35.2%

   Unless formal administrative action is taken prior to July 7, 2005, the subject filing may be deemed approved by operation of law.

   A copy of the filing is available on the Insurance Department's (Department) website at www.ins. Under the Quick Links section, click on the link ''Rate Filings Published in the PA Bulletin.''

   Copies of the filing are also available for public inspection, by appointment, during normal working hours at the Department's regional office in Harrisburg.

   Interested parties are invited to submit written comments, suggestions or objections to Michael Gurgiolo, Insurance Department, Insurance Product Regulation and Market Enforcement, Room 1311, Strawberry Square, Harrisburg, PA 17120, within 30 days after publication of this notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

Insurance Commissioner

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 05-798. Filed for public inspection April 22, 2005, 9:00 a.m.]

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