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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 07-1460


Highmark, Inc., d/b/a Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield; Filing No. 1-MGP (IA)-07-HBCBS; Application for Approval of Revised Rates for Issue Age Nongroup MedigapBlue Plans for The Western Pennsylvania Region, Providing Standardized Benefit Packages A, B, C and H; Rate Filing

[37 Pa.B. 4498]
[Saturday, August 11, 2007]

   Highmark, Inc. has filed for approval revised rates for its nongroup MedigapBlue Program. The aggregate rate increase requested is about 9.6%. The requested effective date of the revised rates is January 1, 2008. The most recent prior rate adjustment for this program took effect on September 1, 2005. The current and requested rates for First Eligible issues, and the requested rate adjustments are as follows:

Standardized Benefit PlanPolicy NumberCurrent Rate Proposed RateRate Adjustment
Plan A MB/W-A $106.60 $106.60   0.0%
Plan B MB/W-B $133.70$147.05 10.0%
Plan C MB/W-C$165.60$182.1510.0%
Plan H
w/ Rx
MB/W-H $208.30 $209.15  0.4%
Plan H w/o Rx MB/W-H $147.20 $161.90 10.0%

   These rate adjustments would affect approximately 46,567 members and would produce approximately $8.1 million in additional premium annually.

   Unless formal administrative action is taken prior to October 25, 2007, 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 offices in Harrisburg and Pittsburgh.

   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.

Acting Insurance Commissioner

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 07-1460. Filed for public inspection August 10, 2007, 9:00 a.m.]

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