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Highmark Inc. Named an Age-Friendly Employer by RetirementJobs.com
Date:4/24/2008

Designation recognizes Highmark as a leader in employment opportunities for

individuals age 50 and above

PITTSBURGH, April 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Highmark Inc. was recently designated a Certified Age-Friendly(TM) Employer by RetirementJobs.com, the number-one career Web site for job seekers age 50 and above. Highmark received scores higher than any other company awarded this designation and is the first plan in the Blue Cross Blue Shield network to earn this distinction.

"We are honored that RetirementJobs.com has recognized Highmark as a leader in the employment of individuals age 50 and above," said Tammie McNaughton, director of corporate diversity and work life. "By tapping into the different skills, abilities and perspectives of individuals of all ages, Highmark is able to serve and anticipate the needs of a changing and expanding marketplace."

RetirementJobs.com conducts its ongoing Age-Friendly Employer Certification Program to assist age 50 and above job seekers by identifying employers who are committed to objectively considering these workers for appropriate employment, free of age bias or discrimination.

Following an evaluation of Highmark's Certification Evaluation Standards, a review of public information about the company and a comparison of Highmark's policies and practices to those within the health care industry, RetirementJobs.com awarded Highmark a score of "Exceeding Standards" on 13 qualifying criteria and a "Best Practice" score in seven categories. "Best Practice" designations are given to recognize a policy, program or practice that is superior to competitive industry norms.

"No other organization has earned an 'Exceeding Standards' evaluation on more than seven factors, and it is unusual for an employer to receive more than a single 'Best Practice' score," said Robert Skladany, vice president of research at RetirementJobs.com. "We congratulate Highmark on achieving exceptional ratin
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