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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 08-1550


Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania; Blue- Care Student; Rate Filing

[38 Pa.B. 4700]
[Saturday, August 23, 2008]

   On August 8, 2008, Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania submitted a rate filing (#1428-BCNGST-1/1/09) to increase the premium rates for the BlueCare Student Program by approximately 15%. This will affect approximately 690 subscribers and produce additional premium income of about $55,000 annually. The requested effective date of the change is January 1, 2009.

   Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania has also proposed the following benefit changes:

   *  Increase the diagnostic testing copay for MRIs, MRAs, CAT Scans and other high cost radiology tests from $15 to $75.

   *  Add an emergency room copay of $75.

   *  Change the copay for hospital stays from $5 per day to $100 per admission plus $25 per day for the first 15 days of admission.

   *  Move the coverage for oxygen equipment and supplies from the Major Medical plan to the Student plan.

   *  Change preexisting look back from 5 years to 1 year.

   The previous benefit changes are estimated to reduce medical care by 9.3%. The rate increase without the benefit changes would have been 24.3%.

   Unless formal administrative action is taken prior to November 6, 2008, the subject filing may be deemed approved by operation of law.

   A copy of the filing is available on the Insurance Department's (Department) web site at www.ins. To access the filing, under ''Quick Links'' click on ''Rate Filings Published in the PA Bulletin.''

   A copy of the filing is also available for public inspection, by appointment, during normal working hours at the Department's Harrisburg Regional office.

   Interested parties are invited to submit written or email comments, suggestions or objections to James Sabater, Insurance Department, Insurance Product Regulation, 1311 Strawberry Square, Harrisburg, PA 17120, within 30 days after publication of this notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

Insurance Commissioner

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 08-1550. Filed for public inspection August 22, 2008, 9:00 a.m.]

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