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State to get involved in UPMC/Highmark dispute

June 2, 2014 News Extra

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HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Corbett today issued this statement regarding the contractual dispute between UPMC and Highmark:

“I have created the ‘Patients First’ Leadership Team and have directed my Insurance Commissioner Mike Consedine and Department of Health Secretary Michael Wolf to meet with Highmark and UPMC senior management and facilitate discussions to make sure that Pennsylvanians in the western part of the Commonwealth have clarity about their health care come Jan. 1, 2015, and in the years to come.

“The continuing contractual dispute between Highmark and UPMC is entering a critical phase, with the contract between the parties set to expire at the end of this year.

“Current Highmark policyholders who use UPMC doctors and physicians have increasing concerns about access to care, which need to be addressed as soon as possible. The companies must work together and develop a plan to ensure ongoing and affordable access to key medical facilities, providers, and unique or specialized medical services.

“We must maintain a safety net among these two companies to minimize disruption and cost to consumers during any period of uncertainty and ensure that the companies are working toward resolution that puts the people of Western Pennsylvania first.

“My staff has also reached out to Attorney General Kane and her office to join us in these discussions....

“I am calling upon the boards and senior management of both companies to put their differences aside, come together in good faith, and put together a plan that puts patients and consumers first.

“The leadership team will immediately begin meeting with senior management from both UPMC and Highmark this week.

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