Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Health Care Divisiveness Must Stop, for Patients' Sake

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Health Care Divisiveness Must Stop, for Patients' Sake

Article excerpt

Pennsylvania has some of the best health care institutions in the entire county. The success of our health care institutions should certainly make all Pennsylvanians proud. However, uncertainty and ongoing disputes between one of our largest providers and insurers have sometimes distracted from the good work our institutions do in taking care of our most vulnerable, especially seniors, our children and others who are sick.

Nowhere has this challenge been more acute than in Western Pennsylvania, where the divorce between UPMC and Highmark has led to unnecessary confusion for consumers.

This all came to a tipping point in February, when the Medicare Advantage contract between UPMC and Highmark was threatened to be terminated. This would have been extremely disruptive for 180,000 seniors, forcing many of them to find a new doctor or insurer. …

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