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Medicare contract to boost Highmark hiring

| Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011

Highmark Inc.'s Medicare Services division will hire 500 workers in Pennsylvania after landing a federal government contract, it said Tuesday.

The Medicare Services division said it was awarded a five-year, $406.5 million contract by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to process Medicare claims in seven states: Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado and New Mexico.

Highmark Medicare Services already handles Medicare claims for the government in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia.

Highmark Medicare Services is a wholly owned subsidiary of Highmark Inc., the state's largest health insurer. It employs about 900 people in four cities, said Patrick Kiley, the division's president.

"This is close to a 60 percent increase in staff," Kiley said of its hiring plans.

About 100 employees will be added in Pittsburgh, about 150 in Williamsport and about 250 in Camp Hill. The division also has offices in Hunt Valley, Md.

Kiley said all the hiring should be completed by the end of summer next year.

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