by Jinghong Chen

Highmark Inc. on June 16 said it plans to affiliate with HealthNow New York Inc. Combined, the two health insurers would cover more than 4.4 million enrollees, according to AIS’s Directory of Health Plans. Highmark has a strong presence in Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia, and if approved, this deal will expand its footprint in New York. HealthNow New York’s plans comprise 6.97% of the state’s commercial risk market, with over 0.31 million enrollees.