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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 07-1583


Highmark, Inc., d/b/a Highmark Blue Shield; Direct Pay Medical/Surgical Products; Blue Cross of Northeastern PA and Independence Blue Cross Plan Areas; Rate Filing

[37 Pa.B. 4731]
[Saturday, August 25, 2007]

   By filing No. 1-DPMS (MIDA)-07-HBS Highmark, Inc. requests approval to increase rates for its Direct Pay Medical/Surgical Products in the Blue Cross of Northeastern PA (1800S student and nonstudent, Plan C, 5000S, UCR 100 and UCR 80/20) and Independence Blue Cross (1800S, Plan C, 5000S, UCR 100 and UCR 80/20) plan areas. The filing requests an overall increase of 15% or $17.74 per contract per month. Increases may vary by plan area and program, reflecting differences in claim costs and expenses. This will affect about 10,300 contractholders and will produce additional revenue of about $2.196 million annually. The requested effective date of the change is January 1, 2008.

   Unless formal administrative action is taken prior to November 8, 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.state. 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 Harrisburg office.

   Interested parties are invited to submit written comments, suggestions or objections to Cherri Sanders-Jones, 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. 07-1583. Filed for public inspection August 24, 2007, 9:00 a.m.]

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