Elected officials weigh in on dispute between UPMC and Highmark

Elected officials weigh in on dispute between UPMC and Highmark

With a consent decree preventing a separation between the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Highmark expiring in the summer, Attorney General Josh Shapiro this week announced legal action to amend the existing agreement by compelling them to continue their business relationship.

In 2014, after years of a drawn out break-up that would have spelled the end of access to UPMC doctors for Highmark patients and caused UPMC health members to pay out of network prices, the state intervened and put in place a consent decree meant to ease the transition in place. While, it didn’t erase the tension entirely, it preserved health care access for some patients. However, the decree was only designed to last five years. Should the health providers part ways, Shapiro said during his press conference, patients across the commonwealth would suffer.

Friday, February 8, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Council votes down pharma regulations

Council votes down pharma regulations

Philadelphia’s City Council voted 9-5 against passing regulations on pharmaceutical sales and marketing Thursday.

The bill passed through the Health Committee last fall but had been held back from floor votes.It aimed to register pharmaceutical sales reps with the city, have them submit their marketing materials for approval, and ban them from bringing gifts to doctor’s offices. 

Thursday, February 7, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Push to expand state's film tax credit reignites debate over the program's value

Push to expand state's film tax credit reignites debate over the program's value

Want to film your movie or TV show in Pennsylvania? Some lawmakers are trying to make it more enticing for film studios to answer that question with a “yes.”

Sen. Tom Killion (R-Delaware) announced a proposal Monday that would almost double the amount of money allocated for the state’s tax credit for film and TV productions. The current cap on the program sits at $65 million but Killion’s bill would see that rise to $125 million.
Thursday, February 7, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Freshman Focus: Rep. Torren Ecker

Freshman Focus: Rep. Torren Ecker

Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams) joined The PLS Reporter for our series "Freshman Focus". Find out what his goals are, why he decided to run and what he likes to do in his spare time.

Thursday, February 7, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Freshman Focus: Rep. Lori Mizgorski

Freshman Focus: Rep. Lori Mizgorski

Meet Rep. Lori Mizgorski (R-Allegheny) from the 30th district. Mizgorski says one of her main goals is making sure the budget and spending plan are done on time. 

Find out more about her in The PLS Reporter's series Freshman Focus. 

Wednesday, February 6, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
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