Navigation Links
Highmark and Independence Blue Cross CEOs Say Combination of Highmark and Independence Blue Cross will Provide $1 Billion in New Resources Over Six Years
Date:7/8/2008

Will Not Reduce Competition and Will Help to Lower Health Care Costs,

Increase Access and Strengthen the Pennsylvania Economy

PITTSBURGH, July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The chief executives of Highmark and Independence Blue Cross (IBC) testified here today at the first Pennsylvania Insurance Department public hearing about the combination of the two companies, saying that it will be good for customers, health care providers, and the communities the two organizations serve -- and would not reduce competition.

Kenneth R. Melani, M.D., president and chief executive officer of Highmark, said, in part, "The proposed transaction will not reduce competition or choice in any market in Pennsylvania. Simply put, the two companies and their Pennsylvania insurance subsidiaries do not compete with each other."

"Highmark offers commercial health insurance products in western and central Pennsylvania and IBC serves the five southeastern Pennsylvania counties," Joseph A. Frick, IBC's president and chief executive officer said, in part. "However, in our separate markets, the two companies today compete against a wide range of other health insurers, but not against each other."

Dr. Melani said, "We believe this transaction will allow us to build on our history and lay a foundation for significant, tangible impact in the way health care is delivered and paid for in Pennsylvania."

"We believe this transaction offers a pathway to positive change in our health care system that Pennsylvanians are seeking and demanding," said Mr. Frick. "Like many other businesses, we face strong competition every day. We are trying to develop and grow our workforce. We are trying to meet the changing needs of our customers."

Prior to making their comments, both CEOs thanked the Pennsylvania Insurance Department for holding the hearings, and welcomed the opportunity to discuss the proposed combination in Pittsburgh and over the coming days in Harrisburg and Philadelphia.

In other testimony on behalf of the two companies, it was reported that the $1 billion in new resources had been validated through a rigorous analytical process. These resources will be used to help lower health care costs, increase access and strengthen the Pennsylvania economy.

About Highmark Inc.

As one of the leading health insurers in Pennsylvania, Highmark Inc.'s mission is to provide access to affordable, quality health care enabling individuals to live longer, healthier lives. Based in Pittsburgh, Highmark serves 4.6 million people through the company's health care benefits business. Highmark contributes millions of dollars to help keep quality health care programs affordable and to support community-based programs that work to improve people's health. Highmark exerts an enormous economic impact throughout Pennsylvania. A recent study states that Highmark's positive impact exceeded $2.5 billion. The company provides the resources to give its members a greater hand in their health.

Highmark Inc. is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans. For more information, visit http://www.highmark.com.

About Independence Blue Cross

Independence Blue Cross is a leading health insurer in southeastern Pennsylvania. IBC and its affiliates provide coverage to nearly 3.4 million people. For 70 years, Independence Blue Cross has offered high-quality health care coverage tailored to meet the changing needs of members, employers, and health care professionals. Independence Blue Cross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Independence Blue Cross
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Economist Finds Highmark/IBC Merger Would Result in 70 Percent Share in Pennsylvania, Far Higher Than Initial Reports
2. Highmark Caring Place to Honor Central Pennsylvania Volunteers Who Committed Over 5,000 Hours to Grieving Children
3. Highmark Blue Shield and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Name Area Hospitals as 2008 Blue Distinction Centers for Bariatric Care
4. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Name Area Hospitals as 2008 Blue Distinction Centers for Bariatric Care
5. Insurance Department to Hold Statewide Meetings on Proposed Consolidation of Independence Blue Cross, Highmark
6. Highmark Caring Place Resources Help Children Deal With Death of Parent During Mothers Day and Fathers Day
7. Highmark Medicare Services Achieves Certification to COPC-2000(R) CSP Standard
8. Highmark Helps Those in Need During Cover the Uninsured Week
9. Highmark Inc. Named an Age-Friendly Employer by RetirementJobs.com
10. Highmark Blue Shield Announces Sustainable, Eco-Friendly and Green Strategy
11. Highmark Healthy High 5 School Challenge Program Awards $605,000 in Grants to 75 Pennsylvania Schools
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... Quality metrics are proliferating in ... ways they remain in the eye of the beholder, according to experts who offered ... The American Journal of Managed Care. For the full issue, click here . ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... Pixel Film Studios Released ProSlice Levels, a Media ... give their videos a whole new perspective by using the title layers in ... Studios. , ProSlice Levels contains over 30 Different presets to choose from. ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... , ... Brent Kasmer, a legally blind and certified personal trainer is helping to develop a ... fitness app plans to fix the two major problems leading the fitness industry today:, ... type program , They don’t eliminate all the reasons people quit their exercise ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... ... issues and applications at AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting June 26-28, 2016, at the ... several important health care topics including advance care planning, healthcare costs and patient ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... , ... The temporary closing of Bruton Memorial Library on June 21 due to a possible ... often overlooked aspect of head lice: the parasite’s ability to live away from a human ... but a necessary one in the event that lice have simply gotten out of control. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of ... their offering. The current ... environment for MedImmune to enter. The US ageing population creates ... drive considerable growth for effective anti-influenza medications. The introduction of ... but development is still in its infancy. ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... the establishment of Astellas Farma Colombia (AFC), a new affiliate with operations headquartered in Bogota. Colombia ... ... Sandra ... ... Astellas is a pharmaceutical company ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the addition ... States, China, Japan, Brazil, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, ... Surgical Procedure Volumes: Global ... surgical procedure volume data in a geographic context. The ... of growth drivers and inhibitors, including world population growth, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: