In N.Y. Expansion, Highmark Will Absorb HealthNow Blues Plans With Chart: Highmark to Affiliate With Largest Insurer in Western New York

In a deal that the companies say was validated by the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, HealthNow New York Inc. revealed on June 16 that it will become part of fellow Blue Cross Blue Shield licensee Highmark Inc.

“Conversations regarding this potential partnership with Highmark began months ago, but it’s fair to say that the recent impact of COVID-19 really shed light on the threats and the gaps in the broader health care delivery system,” David Anderson, president and CEO of HealthNow, said during a conference call with reporters. “This affiliation will further strengthen our company to respond to our members’ health care needs when additional unexpected pressures arise.”

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Leslie Small

Leslie Small

Leslie has been working in journalism since 2009 and reporting on the health care industry since 2014. She has covered the many ups and downs of the Affordable Care Act exchanges, the failed health insurer mega-mergers, and hundreds of other storylines spanning subjects such as Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage, employer-sponsored insurance, and prescription drug coverage. As the managing editor of Health Plan Weekly and Radar on Drug Benefits, she writes and edits for both publications while overseeing a small team of reporters who also focus on the managed care sector. Before joining AIS Health, she was a senior editor for the e-newsletter Fierce Health Payer, and she started her career as a copy editor at multiple local newspapers. She graduated with a dual degree in journalism and political science from Penn State University.

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