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BLUE CROSS/SHIELD LOW-COST HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM APPROVED

 BLUE CROSS/SHIELD LOW-COST HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM APPROVED
 HARRISBURG, Pa., April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Acting Insurance Commissioner Ronald Chronister today announced state approval for a new low-cost health insurance program aimed at an estimated 600,000 low and moderate income Pennsylvanians.
 The "Special Care" program, which will be offered by the state's four Blue Cross plans and Pennsylvania Blue Shield beginning in May, is targeted for individuals and families not currently covered by health insurance.
 It would be available to one person earning up to $12,000 per year; two-person families with annual incomes up to $16,000; three-person families with annual incomes up to $20,000; and families of four with annual incomes up to $24,000.
 "The Special Care program is another example of the creative solutions that we in Pennsylvania are working on to deal with the health care crisis while the issue is being debated at the national level," Chronister said.
 "I commend the state's four Blue Cross plans and Blue Shield for working together to offer this program. It certainly doesn't solve the entire problem of the uninsured, but it does offer more affordable coverage to another group of Pennsylvanians."
 Special Care will cost about half the price of standard health insurance coverage. The low-cost program is possible because participating doctors and hospitals will accept discounted levels of reimbursement for people insured by Special Care.
 In addition, the Blue Cross/Blue Shield plans will help subsidize the program.
 "Even though Special Care is less expensive than traditional health insurance, it still provides consumers with quality coverage ranging from preventive care for kids to emergency accident and medical treatment," Chronister said.
 The monthly cost of Special Care will vary by region, but will range from $62 to $76 for one adult; from $88 to $152 for two-person families; from $88 to $198 for three-person families; and from $88 to $198 for four-person families.
 Blue Cross and Blue Shield will promote the program statewide and will establish a toll-free telephone number to answer consumer inquiries.
 Further information is available from Pennsylvania Blue Shield in Camp Hill or from the four Blue Cross plans.
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 /CONTACT: Amy Dugan of the Insurance Department, 717-787-3289/ CO: Pennsylvania Governor's Office ST: Pennsylvania IN: INS HEA SU:


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