Monday, November 01, 2021
Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (November 1, 2021) — Highmark today announced its Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance products in Northeastern Pennsylvania for the upcoming year, offering individuals and families an array of high-quality, affordable coverage options.
On November 1, Highmark will offer new products, lower select premiums and copays, and introduce innovative new benefits, furthering their commitment to providing high-quality affordable health care to individuals and families in Pennsylvania.
“Our goal is to offer the best health insurance products in the region at prices that all of our members can afford,” says Alexis Miller, President of Federal Markets for Highmark. “And new enhancements to the ACA have made plans more affordable for even more consumers by reducing or eliminating premiums and lowering out-of-pocket costs.”
Thanks in part to the American Rescue Plan, about three in four Highmark ACA members qualify for tax credits to make their coverage more affordable and about one in four members are enrolled in a plan with a $0 monthly premium.
2022 Individual and Family plans
Highmark’s options for 2022 were designed with consumers in mind and make it easy for them to find the right coverage for their needs and budget. Consumers will be able to shop a range of affordable Highmark product options the provide easy access to top doctors in the region and around the country.
In Northeastern Pennsylvania, consumers can choose Highmark ACA plans that provide broad access to doctors and hospitals across the region. Through the BlueCard® program, Highmark plans also include in-network coverage for services received from more than 95 percent of doctors and hospitals around the country, including in New York and New Jersey.
“We’re excited to offer such a broad network of trusted doctors and hospitals to our ACA customers,” says Ellen Galardy, Senior VP of Consumer Markets. “Combined with the best-in-class service that Highmark is known for, we expect to see a lot more people looking to trade up to better coverage this year.”
To give consumers flexibility and convenient access to care, all of Highmark’s individual and family products also cover virtual visits. And, in response to positive feedback, Highmark has expanded the number of ACA plans with bundled adult dental and vision coverage in addition to medical and pharmacy coverage.
Highmark offers plans at the gold, silver, and bronze metallic levels within its my Priority Blue Flex EPO product, along with catastrophic plans for consumers under age 30.
No matter which Highmark plan a consumer chooses, they’ll have the peace of mind and freedom to choose the in-network doctor or specialist they want to see, with no referrals necessary; plus, access to Highmark’s top-rated customer service representatives and care management programs.
“We listen to our customers and they say they want quality, affordable health insurance without referrals or red tape. We’re covering almost twice as many ACA members as we did just two years ago, which tells us we’re delivering what ACA consumers are looking for,” says Bill Tuthill, Vice President of Federal Markets. Highmark’s ACA membership in Northeastern Pennsylvania is nearly 20,000, up from 10,500 in December 2019.
While the open enrollment period runs through January 15, consumers must enroll by December 15 for coverage that starts on January 1. For more information on Highmark’s 2022 ACA health insurance products, visit discoverhighmark.com or call 877-354-4180.
About Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
Highmark Inc., doing business as Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, serves approximately 2.6 million members through the company’s health care benefits business and hundreds of thousands of additional members through the BlueCard® program. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield is the market leader in commercial market share, and through its affiliated Blue companies has strong Medicare Advantage market share as well. All of Highmark's Medicare Advantage plans in Pennsylvania received a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services quality rating of 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. In western Pennsylvania, its unaided brand awareness, brand preference and overall brand rating are significantly higher than its closest competitor. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield employs approximately 4,000 people in western, north central and northeastern Pennsylvania. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. For more information, visit www.highmark.com.
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