House Democratic Policy Committee to hold hearing on Community Blue and health care access Monday in Pittsburgh

HARRISBURG, April 25 – The House Democratic Policy Committee will hold a public hearing to examine why Community Blue customers are losing access to health care providers from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 29 in the Allegheny County Council Gold Room, 436 Grant St., Pittsburgh.

State Reps. Dan Frankel, Democratic Caucus chairman, and Tony DeLuca, Democratic chairman of the House Insurance Committee, both D-Allegheny, requested the hearing and will serve as its co-chairmen. The hearing will focus on specific contractual issues between Highmark and UPMC that have resulted in the denial of patient access to care, despite the patients' willingness to pay out-of-pocket for services rendered. UPMC has been invited to testify.

The current hearing agenda is:

  • 1 p.m. – Welcome and opening remarks
  • 1:10 p.m. – Panel of Consumers:
    • Alicia Marney
    • John and Marie Acquafondata
    • Cathy Doerfler
    • Christine Battaglia
    • Donna Goodwin
  • 2 p.m. – Panel of Health Care Experts:
    • Harold Miller, executive director, Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform
    • Geoff Webster, managing director, Value Capture
  • 2:40 p.m. – Panel from Highmark Inc.:
    • Michael Fiaschetti, president, Health Markets
    • Dr. Donald Fischer, senior vice president and Chief Medical Officer
  • 3:20 p.m. – Closing remarks

The hearing is open to the public and media coverage is invited.

Anthony DeLuca

32nd Legislative District
Allegheny County
(412) 793-2448

Dan Frankel

23rd Legislative District
Allegheny County
(412) 422-1774

Mike Sturla

96th Legislative District
Lancaster County
(717) 295-3157