Kortz: New 10-year contract extension reached between UPMC and Highmark

Extension will allow Highmark-insured patients access to UPMC facilities

HARRISBURG, June 24 – State Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, has released the following statement regarding the announcement of a contract extension between UPMC and Highmark, which will extend UPMC facility access to Highmark-insured patients.

 

“First off, I want to thank state Attorney General Josh Shapiro for his hard work to ensure health care access for all Pennsylvanians. I am pleased to learn of the new contract extension between UPMC and Highmark, which will extend UPMC facility access to Highmark-insured patients in western Pennsylvania for 10 years. Today’s announcement eases the concerns and anxieties of thousands of Pennsylvanians, who were left wondering about their health care access, as well as the coordination and management of that care, including those who are undergoing significant medical treatment. They can breathe a much-needed sigh of relief.

 

“Moving forward, I still believe that much more needs to be done to protect consumers, and I will continue to advocate for legislation to require charity hospital-insurance company hybrids to behave in the public interest and stop from taking advantage of sick and vulnerable Pennsylvanians.

 

“I hope that over the next 10 years that these non-profits will do the right thing. As a public charity, these entities should be focused less on profits and more about patient care.

 

“Let me be clear – while this is certainly great news, keep in mind that contracts have to be worked out between UPMC and Highmark, and this will take some time. Please make sure to contact your insurer before making any important decisions or changes regarding your health insurance policy.”