Kortz joins legislators in support of UPMC suit

HARRISBURG, May 7 – State Rep. Bill Kortz, D-Allegheny, is among 60 state representatives and six state senators who signed a legal brief by the House Democratic Caucus, supporting state Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s lawsuit against UPMC.

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

“We are not going to sit back and trust that UPMC will do the right thing by voluntarily extending the decree,” Kortz said. “This is about ensuring access to affordable care for everyone, regardless of the insurer. I join my colleagues in the House and Senate in supporting the lawsuit filed by the attorney general to protect all Pennsylvanians to ensure patient care is not jeopardized.”

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 last 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.