Applications for Approval of the Consolidation of Highmark, Inc. and Independence Blue Cross and to Acquire Control of the Pennsylvania Domiciled Insurance Subsidiaries of Highmark, Inc. and Independence Blue Cross; Amended Notice of Closing of Public Comment Period

[38 Pa.B. 5725]
[Saturday, October 11, 2008]

   The purpose of this notice is to announce, in accordance with the requirements of Act 62 of 2008 that the Insurance Department (Department) will close the public comment period on October 14, 2008. This amends the notice published at 38 Pa.B. 5237 (September 20, 2008) and extends the date for the closing of the public comment period, as published on September 20, 2008, by 4 days. The reason for this amendment is that the September 20, 2008, notice was inadvertently published with lines of the caption omitted. Persons wishing to comment on the grounds of public or private interest are invited to submit a written statement to the Department. Each written statement must include the name, address and telephone number of the interested party, identification of the application to which the statement is addressed, and a concise statement with sufficient detail and relevant facts to inform the Department of the exact basis of the statement. Written statements should be directed to Robert Brackbill, Chief, Company Licensing Division, Insurance Department, 1345 Strawberry Square, Harrisburg, PA 17120, fax (717) 787-8557, rbrackbill@state.

   The closing of the public comment period begins the 45-day period in which the Banking and Insurance Committee of the Senate and the Insurance Committee of the House of Representatives may submit written comments and recommendations, as set forth in Act 62 of 2008. Under Act 62 of 2008, the Department may issue its final order and determination on or after 105 days following the close of the public comment period. This means the legislative review period will extend through November 28, 2008, and that the Department may issue its final order on or after January 27, 2009.

Insurance Commissioner

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 08-1867. Filed for public inspection October 11, 2008, 9:00 a.m.]

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