HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Pennsylvania judge says a 5-year-old agreement involving two Pittsburgh-based health care conglomerates can't be extended through litigation past its June 30 expiration date.
Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson said in a decision issued Friday that a modification clause in the 2014 consent decree involving UPMC and Highmark can't be used to get around the deal's explicit end date.
Simpson was directed to consider the issue by the state Supreme Court, and it's likely the justices will have the final say.
The end of the consent decree is expected to trigger higher costs for Highmark insurance customers who use UPMC's vast network.
Highmark and the attorney general's office want to extend the agreement, while UPMC is opposed.
A UPMC spokesperson sent the following statement:
A Highmark spokesperson said the following:
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Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said:
State Rep. Dan Frankel (D) Allegheny also sent a statement that said, in part:
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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