HARRISBURG (June 5, 2019) Sen. Michele Brooks responded with cautious optimism to UPMC’s announcement today that it will not seek pre-payment from out-of-network Highmark Medicare Advantage members after the Consent Decrees end on June 30, 2019.
Additionally, for out-of-network emergency care, UPMC has agreed to accept direct payment from Highmark at the same rate that UPMC Health Plan now pays Highmark’s Allegheny Health Network hospitals.
“Getting our residents the care they need and deserve has been one of my highest priorities. I hope that this announcement today removes some of the undue burden inflicted upon patients when they seek emergency care. The last thing a patient needs to worry about in a life-and-death decision is pre-paying for their care.”
“Patients in need of health care should not be the casualties, caught in the middle of an insurance battle. They just want access to good doctors and good hospitals.”
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