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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 10-1908


Highmark, Inc., Filing No. 2A-SSC-10-HBCBS; Requesting Approval to Increase Rates for the Direct Pay Special Care Hospital Plans (Western Region); Rate Filing

[40 Pa.B. 5660]
[Saturday, October 2, 2010]

 By filing No. 2A-SSC-10-HBCBS, Highmark, Inc., d/b/a Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield requests approval to revise premium rates for its Direct Pay Special Care Hospital Plan in the Western Pennsylvania region.

 Highmark is requesting a 13.2% increase or $15.98 per contract per month. This will affect 10,000 contracts and generate an additional $163,000 per month in premium. The requested effective date of the change is January 1, 2011.

 Unless formal administrative action is taken prior to December 16, 2010, the subject filing may be deemed approved by operation of law.

 A copy of the filing is available on the Insurance Department's web site at To access the filing, under ''How to Find . . .'' click on ''View Current Rate Filings.''

 Interested parties are invited to submit written comments, suggestions or objections to James Laverty, Actuary, Insurance Department, Insurance Product Regulation, 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. 10-1908. Filed for public inspection October 1, 2010, 9:00 a.m.]

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