Miller: ACHDD praises deal between UPMC/Highmark

Extension will give Highmark-insured patients 10 years of access to UPMC facilities

HARRISBURG, June 25 – On behalf of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation, state Rep. Dan Miller, chairman, today released a statement following the announcement that UPMC and Highmark have entered into at 10-year contract that will extend facilities to Highmark-insured patients.

Miller said the deal follows recent legal action pursued by Shapiro, an effort supported by many members of the delegation.

“Our delegation has been at the forefront of this battle for years and we are very thankful to the efforts of state Attorney General Josh Shapiro and Governor Tom Wolf for helping to orchestra this deal, especially since the majority in Harrisburg has refused time and time again to step in on behalf of patients everywhere.

“Highmark and UPMC are integral to the health and welfare of many in western Pennsylvania, and beyond. That’s why several of us added our name to the attorney general’s latest lawsuit. We need UPMC and Highmark to always remember how and why they were created, and how much we need access to their gifted staff and employees.

“It is our hope that this deal will begin to heal the wounds caused by hostility and uncertainty and we thank the leadership of both Highmark and UPMC for coming to the table and for working with Shapiro and Wolf,” Miller said. “However, delegation members Dan Frankel and Tony DeLuca have authored 'any willing provider' bills that need to be considered by the House in order to be sure people will never again be caught in the middle in relation to access to their health care.

“Lastly, while this is great news, we want to remind residents that contracts have yet to be worked out, so please contact your health insurer before making any important health care decisions.”

The Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation consists of 16 Democratic members of the House of Representatives who represent Allegheny County