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Highmark And 20 Of Its Group Customers Recognized Among Western Pennsylvania's Healthiest Employers

June 14, 2012

PITTSBURGH – At an awards ceremony today in Pittsburgh, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and 20 of its group health insurance customers were recognized among the Healthiest Employers in Western Pennsylvania. The award marks the second year running that Pennsylvania's largest health insurer and many of its customers have been lauded for creating and implementing outstanding health and wellness programs that measure up to rigorous standards. A total of 38 western Pennsylvania employers received the Healthiest Employers honor, which is sponsored by the Pittsburgh Business Times.

"It's a positive indicator when Highmark and so many of our group customers are recognized in the community for creating programs that encourage and often reward employees to stay healthy," said Donald Fischer, M.D., Highmark senior vice president and chief medical officer. "Workplace wellness programs are proven to result in healthier, more productive employees and to lower costs of health care. We applaud the winners and encourage more employers to get on board."

Among the resources that Highmark offers its employees are wellness programs, health screenings, flu shots, fitness centers, health education, health and wellness coaching, a personal electronic health record and a health insurance incentive program that links healthy lifestyles to reductions in health insurance premium costs. Many of its group customers offer similar programs or services for their employees.

The following Highmark group customers were recognized today as the Healthiest Employers in Western Pennsylvania in 2012:

  • Allegheny County
  • Alpern Rosenthal
  • ANH Refractories Company
  • ARDEX Americas
  • Clark Metal Products
  • Direct Energy
  • Excela Health
  • Familylinks
  • Giant Eagle, Inc.
  • Kennametal Inc.
  • Lutheran SeniorLife
  • MARC USA
  • Oberg Industries
  • Penn United Technologies, Inc.
  • Redstone Highlands
  • SAE International
  • VisitPittsburgh
  • Washington & Jefferson College
  • Westinghouse Electric Company
  • YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh

About the Healthiest Employer Awards
The Healthiest Employer awards are facilitated through Healthiest Employers®, a privately-held technology and data research company. The Healthiest Employer awards program recognizes organizations that are committed to creating a healthy workplace. The award utilizes an online assessment tool and measures wellness programming in six key categories.

About Highmark
Highmark Inc., based in Pittsburgh, is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans. Highmark serves 4.9 million members in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Delaware through the company's health care benefits business and is one of the largest Blue plans in the nation. Highmark has 20,000 employees across the country and provides a broad range of health and wellness related services through subsidiary and affiliate companies. For more information, visit www.highmark.com.

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association is a national federation of 37 independent, community-based and locally-operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies that collectively provide healthcare coverage for more than 105 million members – one-in-three Americans.  For more information on the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and its member companies, please visit bcbs.com. We encourage you to connect with us on Facebook, check out our videos on YouTube, follow us on Twitter and check out The BCBS Blog, for up-to-date information about BCBSA.