In an attempt to expand the reach of MyBenefits, a defined contribution health insurance platform, Highmark Health Services’ is forming a long-term strategic partnership with Seattle-based Array Health.

Highmark’s long-term agreement with Array Health extends their relationship through 2015. It also includes an investment in Array Health by Highmark. The Array Health platform includes a Product Marketplace, which according to Highmark, has allowed them to offer a wide variety of health plan designs and supplemental products, including dental, vision and critical illness and accident options.

"Two years ago, we selected Array Health as our private exchange vendor because of its extensive experience in establishing and maintaining this kind of platform," said Steven Nelson, SVP of strategy, product and marketing at Highmark Health Services. "We know that to make this platform even better in the years ahead, the time is right for Highmark Health Services to enter into a more lasting partnership with Array Health."

MyBenefits started in 2011 as a pilot program that gained traction with small and mid-sized businesses throughout 2012 and 2013. Highmark is now making it available to large group businesses.

Additionally, MyBenefits will be offered in West Virginia and Delaware as of Jan. 1, 2014. Highmark also offers the MyRetireeBenefits platform for large group businesses in Pennsylvania.

"Our vision has always been to humanize the process of buying health insurance," said Jonathan Rickert, Array Health CEO.

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