Highmark Moves To Provide Family Coverage To Pa. Same-Sex Couples

Published 02/24 2014 03:06PM

Updated 02/24 2014 03:09PM

Last week, Democrat candidate for Governor Allyson Schwartz called on Highmark to extend the same family health insurance coverage to same-sex couples in Pennsylvania that is offered in Delaware and other states, saying "many of our state's insurers and employers are taking the lead in recognizing the importance of equal treatment for LGBT couples in health coverage. I urge Highmark to join them."

Since then, the insurer has taken the first step to adopting the policy change Schwartz called for by submitting requisite filings with the Pennsylvania Department of Insurance and the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services.

Highmark's spokesperson said, "We definitely agree that having health plans that can accommodate same-sex families is imperative to us and we will be offering these plans.”

Copyright 2016 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.