Markosek lauds new deal between UPMC and Highmark

HARRISBURG, June 24 – State Rep. Brandon Markosek, D-Allegheny, on Monday released a statement following the announcement that UPMC and Highmark have entered into a 10-year contract that will extend UPMC facilities to Highmark-insured patients:

“It’s with great pleasure that I announce that UPMC and Highmark have come to an agreement that will finally put an end to their longstanding dispute. Residents who would have been affected by this – had the decree expired – can now rest easy knowing they have access to one-of-a-kind medical services, regardless of the insurance listed on their insurance cards.

“I’d also like to thank state Attorney General Josh Shapiro and Governor Tom Wolf for bringing both parties together so that a deal that would provide western Pennsylvanians with the heath care they deserve could be made.

“While details regarding this contract will come with time, it’s my hope that this 10-year contract will eventually transition into a long-term contract so that residents never again have to undergo the anguish this dispute has put them through.

“Most importantly, I want to remind residents that since the contract has yet to be formalized, please contact your health insurer before making any important health care decisions.”