A Commonwealth Court judge ruled Wednesday that Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro cannot extend the consent decree between UPMC and Highmark that is set to expire June 30.
The judge did not dismiss Shapiro's legal petition altogether, according to the Trib. Shapiro plans to appeal to the Supreme Court.
A spokesperson for Shapiro released the following statement:
UPMC said it agrees with Wednesday's decision and released the following statement:
In 2014, the state intervened in the dispute between UPMC and Highmark and issued consent decrees with both organizations. Those decrees govern how the two companies must interact to protect further harm to the public, according to a release by the attorney general’s office.
Channel 11's Courtney Brennan spoke to Chuck Colletti, a cancer patient who was diagnosed with stage-4 non-Hodgkins lymphoma several years ago.
“For four years the UPMC medical team has kept me alive, and it’s been great," he said. “I don’t know what I’m going to do.”
Watch Brennan's full report above to hear more from Cilletti and a patient advocate.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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