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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 99-1775


Highmark Inc.; Requesting Approval to Increase Rates for Community Group Medigap Medical/Surgical; Filing No. 1-CGCM-99-HI

[29 Pa.B. 5476]

   By filing No. 1-CGCM-99-HI, Highmark Inc., d/b/a Pennsylvania Blue Shield, requests approval to increase its base rates for its Community Group Rated Medigap Medical/Surgical business. Rates vary by agent plan region to reflect differences in claim costs and expenses. The filing requests an average increase of 8.8% of developed premium. Increases will vary by agent plan region. This will affect 21,300 contractholders and produce additional base premium income of approximately $1.3 million. The requested effective date of the change is October 1, 1999 for Capital Blue Cross and Blue Cross of Northeast Pennsylvania, and January 1, 2000 for Independence Blue Cross.

   Requested rates are as follows based on renewal month:

Blue Cross of
Independence CapitalNortheast
Blue CrossBlue CrossPennsylvania
Security 65-- Plans A, B, H And
65 Special
Security 65-- Plan C$78.55
65 Special

   Copies of the filing are available for public inspection during normal working hours, by appointment, at the Insurance Department's offices in Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Erie and Philadelphia.

   Interested parties are invited to submit written comments, suggestions or objections to Bharat Patel, Actuary, Insurance Department, Accident and Health Bureau, Office of Rate and Policy Regulation, 1311 Strawberry Square, Harrisburg, PA 17120, within 30 days of publication of this notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

Insurance Commissioner

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 99-1775. Filed for public inspection October 15, 1999, 9:00 a.m.]

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