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Capital BlueCross selected as Preferred Provider by The Lehigh Valley Business Coalition on Health Care

HARRISBURG, Pa. (May 24, 2012) -- Capital BlueCross recently learned that it has been selected as one of only two Preferred Providers by the Lehigh Valley Business Coalition on Health Care (Coalition). According to the Coalition, plans selected for a Preferred Provider designation demonstrate better plan performance, pricing or enhanced service capabilities, giving employers more flexibility in selecting administrators who best meet their needs.

The Lehigh Valley Business Coalition on Health Care is a multi-state, membership alliance of employers striving to provide the finest health care coverage possible for their employees, in the most economical, high quality fashion. Coalition members include medium and large employers, including large national employers, with generally 200 to several thousand employees who self-insure.

“We are excited to be partnering with Capital BlueCross,” said Tom Croyle, Coalition President. “Throughout the process it was clear that Capital wanted to be our business partner. They were clearly aligned with the vision and goals of the Coalition and its employers. Capital BlueCross also was committed to and quickly engaged in the ‘eValue8’ process.”

Croyle explained that plans endorsed by the Coalition Board typically scored better in the National Business Coalition on Health’s “eValue8” measuring and evaluating health plan performance process, and are clearly aligned with the Coalition’s goals for improving quality, patient safety, transparency and efficient care delivery. In addition, the endorsed plans offered the exclusive pricing and service options for Coalition members in a broad market area yielding significant savings for employers.

“Capital BlueCross differentiates itself from the competition because of our unique ability to align incentives, reduce costs and drive employee engagement through market-leading value based benefits, health and wellness programs, and clinical initiatives,” said Gary D. St. Hilaire, Capital BlueCross President. “Our new partnership with the Coalition will allow business owners in the Lehigh Valley area to take advantage of these benefits and resources, while improving the overall health of their company. It also more broadly represents significant recognition by a cross-section of respected community leaders of our leading edge approach to the quality and cost of health care throughout our entire service area.”

St. Hilaire cited Capital BlueCross’ successful Accountable Care Arrangements, Medication Adherence Program and MyCare Advisor transparency tool as examples of initiatives that are proving to make a difference in the health of its members.

Capital BlueCross is the leading health insurer in its region, providing health insurance coverage to residents in central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley.

Capital BlueCross is committed to making health insurance simple for its customers and members through all the stages of life by offering nationally acclaimed customer service and a full range of innovative benefit programs for groups and individuals at competitive prices.

By establishing a culture of caring, Capital BlueCross constantly strives to do more in order to deliver more for the men, women and children who depend on the company for their health insurance needs. Capital BlueCross has been providing medical value to the people and communities of central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley for more than 70 years and employs over 1,800 people in the region.

Headquartered in Harrisburg, Pa., Capital BlueCross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.