Davis lauds new contract extension between UPMC and Highmark

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

HARRISBURG, June 24 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, released a statement following the announcement that UPMC and Highmark have entered into a 10-year contract.

“I’m excited and relieved to hear of the new contract extension between UPMC and Highmark, which will extend UPMC facilities to Highmark-insured patients for 10 years. This is a historic contract, ending a longstanding dispute that for years left many worried about the future of health care coverage in the region.

“Residents – especially western Pennsylvanians – can now breathe a sigh of relief, as they will no longer have to worry about being denied health care because of the name on their insurance card.

“As Democratic vice chairman of the House Insurance Committee, I want to thank Attorney General Josh Shapiro and Governor Tom Wolf for their continued commitment to ensuring all Pennsylvanians have access to quality health care services.

“Lastly, I’d like to note that while this is great news, contracts have yet to be worked out and details are yet to come, and this will take some time. I want to remind all health insurance card holders to call their insurer before making any important changes or decisions having to do with their health insurance policy,” Davis said.