Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pa. Lawmaker Seeks Co-Sponsors for 'Any Willing Insurer' Legislation to Push Highmark, Upmc Together

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pa. Lawmaker Seeks Co-Sponsors for 'Any Willing Insurer' Legislation to Push Highmark, Upmc Together

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Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, D-Forest Hills, is seeking co-sponsors on legislation that "would require UPMC and Highmark to either contract with each other for services or enter mandatory arbitration," according to a release circulated Wednesday.

While not even in bill form yet, the move is another sign of growing interest from Harrisburg as the Pittsburgh region moves into the final months of a five-year agreement that has allowed some Highmark Medicare Advantage members and others continued in-network access to UPMC hospitals. That agreement between the two Pittsburgh health giants expires June 30.

Mr. Costa's proposed legislation would apply to all statewide integrated delivery networks -entities such as Highmark and UPMC that provide both care and sell health insurance -that would require those hospitals and physicians to contract with all insurers. …

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