Rep. Sara Innamorato, legislators join in support of UPMC suit

PITTSBURGH, April 26 – State Rep. Sara Innamorato, D-Allegheny, along with 50 other state representatives, have signed a legal brief filed this week by the House Democratic Caucus supporting the state attorney general’s lawsuit against UPMC.

The lawsuit seeks to modify and indefinitely extend the UPMC-Highmark Health consent decrees that expire June 30.

“We cannot sit back and trust that UPMC is willingly going to do the right thing by voluntarily extending the decree and maintaining access to affordable care for all, regardless of insurer,” Innamorato said. “Our duty as elected officials is to intervene to protect our people and our communities from monopolistic, predatory actions.”

Attorney General Josh Shapiro filed suit to modify the consent decrees in February, arguing that UPMC is obligated, as a charitable organization funded by taxpayer dollars, to protect patients’ access to affordable care. Shapiro filed an appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court earlier this month asking the court to either expedite review of the consent decrees before they expire or to keep them in place while the lawsuit is ongoing.

The House Democratic Caucus’s amicus curiae brief provides additional support for the lawsuit.

Also yesterday, a federal court judge dismissed a lawsuit UPMC had filed against the attorney general challenging his authority to modify the consent decrees.