Frankel: Gov. Wolf right to stand with seniors; UPMC should return to its charitable mission

HARRISBURG, April 9 – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, released the following statement in regard to UPMC’s decision not to renew the Medicare Advantage contract with Highmark customers:


"I applaud Governor Wolf for standing up for the senior citizens in southwestern Pennsylvania and I pledge to work with his administration closely to ensure that UPMC abides by the contractual mandates it agreed to in the consent decree," Frankel said.


"UPMC appears to be engaging in an unethical revenue enhancement strategy that does nothing to strengthen health care in our community. Instead, all this maneuver does is jeopardize the health care and well-being of 180,000 senior citizens.


"This is not the behavior that we expect from an organization that is deemed a purely public charity and enjoys all the benefits of a public charity, including tax exemptions, federal and state tax dollars, and philanthropic donations.


"I urge UPMC to come to its senses for the benefit of our most vulnerable citizens. It’s time for UPMC to rededicate itself to the charitable mission it has been entrusted with. That starts with renewing the Medicare Advantage contract and bringing a sense of security and stability to seniors and their health care."