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UPMC Leaders Testify Against Pa. House Bills

by By Paul Wood 2 Comments

Today, UPMC leaders are speaking before the Pennsylvania House Committee on Health to oppose House Bills 1621 and 1622. These bills aim to force providers, like UPMC, into accepting any insurance that wants to contract with the provider.  
 
W. Thomas McGough Jr., UPMC’s senior vice president and chief legal officer, and Diane Holder, UPMC executive vice president and CEO of UPMC Health Plan, are joining other organizations, like the Hospital and Health System Association of Pennsylvania and the Insurance Federation of Pennsylvania, to speak out against these bills that propose a guarantee of “affordable access” but are simply an effort to force a contact between UPMC and Highmark.
 
You can read the complete written testimony by Mr. McGough and Ms. Holder.

2 Responses to UPMC Leaders Testify Against Pa. House Bills

  1. Mel Packer says:

    UPMC should be forced to reach agreement with other plans including Highmark to accept all with insurance. UPMC has become a predatory, profit-driven enterprise that deserves no breaks. It should pay its fair share of taxes and increase the miserably low pay of so many of its workers.

  2. UPMC says:

    Mel, thanks for reaching out to us with your thoughts, and happy holidays. Our goal is to ensure that all local residents have the option of affordable access to all UPMC doctors and hospitals. Signing a systemwide contract with Highmark would not achieve this, since Highmark would impose extra charges on many of its members who choose UPMC care starting in 2015. Highmark is already doing this in central Pennsylvania with Geisinger Health System.

    We are proud of both our employees and our impact in the community. Our employees receive a generous total compensation package, including pay, health care benefits, retirement benefits, and education reimbursement. A compensation package like this is not enjoyed by many other employees in our region.

    And while many other major cities rely on government-run “county hospitals,” UPMC provides most of the free care for those in our region. Last year, we provided more than $800 million in charitable benefits to the community — a number three times more than what we would be required to pay in taxes if UPMC were a for-profit company.

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