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�1 This case involves Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (Association) and one of its licensees attempting to compel a second licensee to arbitrate a dispute between the licensees pursuant to a provision of an agreement between Association and the second licensee requiring that all such disputes be submitted to arbitration. We hold that the agreement contained a valid arbitration provision, that the present dispute falls within the scope of that provision, and that waiver and other defenses to arbitration are properly before the arbitrator rather than this court.

�2 Highmark Inc. and Association appeal the November 12, 1999, and December 10, 1999, orders denying the petition to compel arbitration and the motions for reconsideration. We reverse.

�3 Highmark was formed through the December 6, 1996, consolidation of Veritus Inc., which operated as Blue Cross of Western Pennsylvania, and Medical Service Association of Pennsylvania, which operated as Pennsylvania Blue Shield (Blue Shield). Historically, Veritus supplied hospitalization coverage while Blue Shield provided coverage for doctors’ services. Highmark is a member of Association, which owns and licenses the Blue Cross and Blue Shield names. The license agreements with Association require, with limited exception, that disputes between licensees be submitted to arbitration. Highmark’s license to use the Blue Cross name is restricted to 29 western Pennsylvania counties. It has the exclusive right to use the Blue Shield name throughout all of Pennsylvania.

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