Monday, November 01, 2021
Camp Hill, Pa. (November 1, 2021) — Highmark today announced its Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance products in Central 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 that provide easy access to top doctors in the region.
Highmark’s most popular products in Central PA and the Lehigh Valley are my Direct Blue EPO and my Direct Blue Lehigh Valley EPO which, through partnerships with major health systems — including Lehigh Valley Health Network, Lancaster General Health, and Penn State Health — provides high-quality, affordable plans to our members.
Rounding out the portfolio in the region is my Blue Access PPO. Recognizing that an increasing number of ACA members want it all in their health plan, Highmark built my Blue Access PPO to provide in-network access to all hospitals in in Central PA and the Lehigh Valley.
my Direct Blue EPO, my Direct Blue Lehigh Valley EPO, and my Blue Access PPO all offer access to over 95 percent of doctors and hospitals nationwide through the BlueCard® program, including doctors in Maryland, New York, and New Jersey.
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’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.”
Within each product family, Highmark offers plans at the gold, silver, and bronze metallic level, along with catastrophic plans for consumers under age 30. For the second consecutive year, Highmark is one of only two carriers in the region to offer a full suite of products that include adult dental and vision benefits in addition to medical and pharmacy benefits.
“We listen to our customers and they say they want quality, affordable health insurance without referrals or red tape. We’re covering over three times 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 Central Pennsylvania is nearly 30,000, up from 8,800 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 844-771-0312.
About Highmark Blue Shield
Highmark Inc., doing business as Highmark Blue Shield, serves approximately 1.1 million members through the company’s health care benefits business and hundreds of thousands of additional individuals through the BlueCard® program. Highmark Blue Shield has significant commercial market share and strong Medicare Advantage membership [through certain of its affiliated Blue companies] as well. Through its affiliated Blue companies, 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. Highmark Blue Shield employs approximately 3,500 people in central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley, serving as a key economic driver in the region. Highmark Blue Shield’s total economic impact throughout central Pennsylvania is more than $978 million. Highmark 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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