The Pennsylvania Employee Benefit Trust Fund (PEBTF) has awarded a three-year health benefits contract to Highmark, a health insurer in Pennsylvania, effective January 2011.

Highmark will administer health insurance coverage to about 140,000 new members on behalf of PEBTF.

Deborah Rice, executive vice president for health services at Highmark, said: “I believe we were chosen because of our overall value to the PEBTF. Highmark recognizes that the PEBTF wants to provide superior, high quality service to its members and we will deliver that to them.

“The new agreement covers state employees and their families throughout Pennsylvania.”

Mike Fiaschetti, market president of Highmark’s central region, said: “Highmark’s membership in the region will approach one million members. The company is the leader in terms of service capabilities to our customers, and the PEBTF is the latest organization to validate this by joining Highmark as a customer.”