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Highmark Inc. and Armstrong County Memorial Hospital reach agreement on multi-year contract

July 14, 2014

PITTSBURGH — Highmark Inc. and Armstrong County Memorial Hospital today announced a multi-year contract extension that will ensure Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield members have access to the Kittanning, Pa.-based hospital.

"It is important that independent health systems have strong, working relationships with Highmark," said Michael Fiaschetti, Highmark president of Health Markets. "As health care costs continue to rise, we need to continue to work with all health care providers to reach mutually acceptable agreements that are in the community's best interests. We are glad to have achieved this goal with Armstrong County Memorial Hospital."

"We are very pleased to continue our relationship with Highmark as a preferred health care provider, enabling Armstrong County Memorial Hospital to continue uninterrupted service to the community assuring ongoing in-network access to area patients and employers," said John Lewis, Armstrong County Memorial Hospital president and CEO.

The agreement reached builds on an existing, longstanding relationship between Highmark and Armstrong County Memorial Hospital and will benefit Highmark's significant member population in the Armstrong County area.

"Highmark is committed to working with community hospitals to support improvements in health care that will enable them to remain independent and will assure affordable access to quality medical care for its members in community-based settings," added Fiaschetti.

About Highmark Inc.
Highmark Inc. is among the largest health insurers in the United States and the fourth-largest Blue Cross and Blue Shield-affiliated company. Highmark and its diversified businesses and affiliates operate health insurance plans in Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia that serve 5.2 million members. Its diversified health businesses serve group customer and individual health needs across the United States through dental insurance, vision care and other related health businesses. Highmark is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. For more information, visit

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