State wins court order in UPMC-Highmark fight over Medicare

Written by The Associated Press | May 29, 2015 4:39 PM

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One of UPMC's hospital's, shown in 2012.

(Harrisburg) -- Governor Tom Wolf and Attorney General Kathleen Kane are hailing a court decision that they sought to protect Medicaid Advantage enrollees caught in the middle of a dispute between two western Pennsylvania health care giants.

The Commonwealth Court ruling orders the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to maintain in-network rates to people insured by Medicaid Advantage plans sold through Highmark Inc.

The Wolf administration and the state attorney general's office had gone to court in April seeking the order.

The move by UPMC to canceled its Medicare contract with rival Highmark had threatened to cause about 180,000 seniors in western Pennsylvania to lose in-network access to UPMC hospitals and doctors next year.

UPMC says it'll appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court.

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