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Capital BlueCross Remains Committed to
Serving Individual Consumers in 2017

Community health plan will continue to offer coverage on the Marketplace, full range 
of consumer products off the Marketplace

Harrisburg - Capital BlueCross today reaffirmed its commitment to offering health insurance products to individual consumers on the Federally Facilitated Marketplace in 2017. Due to market changes brought about by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and competitor dynamics, the company must necessarily reduce the number of plans available.

“Capital BlueCross’ top priority is the health and well-being of our customers and community. While dedicated to providing choice and access to consumers in our 21 county service area, Capital BlueCross must also remain competitive in today’s complex health care landscape,” said Debbie Rittenour, senior vice president, Government Programs. “Extensive changes in the health care industry brought about by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and the changing competitive landscape have created instability. In turn, this has placed difficult financial burdens on consumers and created challenges for the long-term financial sustainability of many consumer products. Reducing the number of individual products we will offer on the Federally Facilitated Marketplace for 2017 will help ensure we can fulfill our long-term commitment to offering individual products that provide access to quality health care for years to come.”

The open enrollment period to choose an individual plan for 2017 starts Nov.1 and ends Dec.15 for coverage effective Jan.1, 2017. Consumers can learn more about Capital BlueCross individual health plans by visiting ChooseCapitalBlue.com, calling 800.307.3563, or visiting a Capital Blue health and wellness store where representatives are available to provide in-person service. Store locations and hours are available at CapitalBlueStore.com.

About Capital BlueCross
Capital BlueCross, headquartered in Harrisburg, Pa., is the leading health solutions and insurance company in central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley. A partner in the community’s health for nearly 80 years, Capital BlueCross offers health insurance products, services and technology solutions that provide peace of mind to consumers and promote health and wellness for our customers. More than a health insurer, the company delivers innovative solutions through a family of diversified businesses that is creating a healthier future and lowering health care costs. Among these solutions are patient-focused care models, leading-edge data analytics, and digital health technologies. Additionally, Capital BlueCross is growing a network of Capital Blue stores that provide in-person service and inspiration to help people reach their health goals. Capital BlueCross is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association.