Capital Blue Cross now offering pet insurance

    A major Pennsylvania health insurer has started offering pet insurance.

    Officials at Harrisburg-based Capital Blue Cross tell The Philadelphia Inquirer they believe the company is the first Blue Cross company to offer pet insurance.

    The program is managed by Philadelphia-based PetPlan. Capital Blue Cross strategic development director Stacy Balaban says a lot of Americans consider pets family members, so the new program makes sense. About 500 people attended a pets and people health fair last week in Harrisburg to get information.

     

    The Inquirer report says an English couple who studied at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School began the PetPlan program after their cat needed a kidney transplant.

    Founder Chris Ashton says an estimated 1 million Americans insure their pets.

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