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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 08-996


Highmark Blue Shield; Filing No. 1A-MUPPO and HDHP-08-HBS; Medically Underwritten Direct Pay PPO Plan and Medically Underwritten Direct Pay PPO High Deductible Health Plans (Central Region); Rate Filing

[38 Pa.B. 2426]
[Saturday, May 24, 2008]

   On May 7, 2008, Highmark, Inc., d/b/a Highmark Blue Shield, submitted a filing for its medically underwritten Direct Pay PPO Plan and Direct Pay PPO High Deductible Health Plans in the Central Pennsylvania Region, requesting an average rate increase of 14.3%. This filing will affect about 11,700 contract holders and will produce an annual premium income of about $5 million. An effective date of October 1, 2008, is requested.

   In addition to the increase in premium rates, the preventive benefits are being enhanced slightly.

   A copy of the filing is available on the Insurance Department's (Department) web site at www.ins.state. 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 Harrisburg 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.

Acting Insurance Commissioner

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 08-996. Filed for public inspection May 23, 2008, 9:00 a.m.]

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