Corbett to meet with UPMC, Highmark officials

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BHARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Corbett says he plans to meet with officials from western Pennsylvania’s biggest insurer, Highmark, and its dominant hospital system, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.


Corbett last week announced a “Patients First” team in hopes of minimizing the impact on Highmark subscribers who would lose in-network access to UPMC doctors and hospitals when their current provider contract ends Dec. 31.


The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (http://bit.ly/1pfyaOH ) reports Corbett confirmed Tuesday’s meeting in a brief interview Monday.


Highmark covers 3.2 million people in western Pennsylvania. Without an agreement, Highmark subscribers will have to pay more to use UPMC’s services next year.


Corbett last week announced he asked Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Michael Consedine and the state’s Secretary of Health, Michael Wolf, to bring about discussions between Highmark and UPMC.


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