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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 03-2094


Independence Blue Cross (IBC) and Highmark Blue Shield; Nongroup Basic Hospital, Nongroup Major Medical, Nongroup Medical/Surgical, Security 65 Medical/Surgical, Special Care Medical/Surgical; Rate Hearing

[33 Pa.B. 5393]

   Independence Blue Cross and Highmark Blue Shield have requested approval to increase the premium rates for IBC filing nos. 14-P-03 and 13-P-03 and Highmark Blue Shield filings nos. 200321, 200322 and 1-SCMS-03-HI. The requested rate increases vary by filing. These filings were previously published for public comment in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. See 33 Pa.B. 3576 (July 19, 2003), 33 Pa.B. 4130 (August 16, 2003), 33 Pa.B. 4257 (August 23, 2003) and 33 Pa.B. 4374 and 4375 (August 30, 2003).

   A public informational hearing on these rate filings has been scheduled for Wednesday, November 5, 2003, at 10 a.m. at The Crowne Plaza--Center City, Liberty Ballroom C, 2nd Floor, 1800 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA.

   Individuals wishing to testify about these filings may contact the Office of Product Regulation and Market Enforcement at the following address and telephone number to schedule to testify at this hearing. Individuals may also appear at the hearing without advance notice and will be afforded the opportunity to testify after all individuals scheduled in advance have testified. Testimony will be limited to a 10-minute presentation. The Insurance Department (Department) requests that individuals provide a written copy of their testimony the day of the hearing.

   Copies of the filings are available for public inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours at the Department's regional offices in Harrisburg and Philadelphia.

   Interested parties are invited to submit written comments, suggestions and objections about these filings to IBC Rate Hearing, Insurance Department, Office of Product Regulation and Market Enforcement, 1311 Strawberry Square, Harrisburg, PA 17120, (717) 787-4192, by November 12, 2003.

Insurance Commissioner

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 03-2094. Filed for public inspection October 24, 2003, 9:00 a.m.]

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