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File #: 2015-2356    Version: 1
Type: Proclamation Status: Adopted
File created: 12/15/2015 In control: City Council
On agenda: 12/15/2015 Final action: 12/15/2015
Enactment date: 12/15/2015 Enactment #: 790
Effective date: 12/15/2015    
Title: NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Council of the City of Pittsburgh does thank The Pennsylvania Health Access Network and the thousands of seniors for its dedicated work in ensuring that UPMC honor its commitment to the City's seniors in providing affordable and easily accessed health, and; BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Council of the City of Pittsburgh does hereby declare December 15th 2015 to be "Health Access For All" Day in the City of Pittsburgh.
Sponsors: Natalia Rudiak, All Members
WHEREAS, Highmark and UPMC have been engaged in a long standing legal battle over the in-network coverage of senior citizens who subscribe to Highmark Medicare Advantage plans, and;

WHEREAS, in 2014 Governor Tom Wolf and Attorney General Kathleen Kane negotiated a consent decree between the two organizations that stated an inclusion of vulnerable populations, including the elderly, disabled, children and the poor, to be included until 2019, and;

WHEREAS, Senior citizens are a particularly vulnerable population with a greater need for continuity of care, and who have a harder time dealing with the stresses of an uncertain future, and have a much tougher time navigating the intricacies of complex coverage agreements and disagreements, and;

WHEREAS, UPMC ultimately tried to cancel its in-network contract with Highmark's Medicare Advantage plan, resulting in a Pennsylvania Supreme Court battle, and;

WHEREAS, The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in favor of Highmark, and as a result 182,000 seniors do not have to choose between their trusted doctors, with whom they often have long standing relationships, and their healthcare provider, and;

WHEREAS, The Pennsylvania Health Access Network (PHAN) and the thousands of seniors who pushed UPMC to keep their commitments made to the senior citizens of Pittsburgh and the region by pressuring them to continue service for the 182,000 Highmark Medicare Advantage subscribers at UPMC facilities at in-network rates, and;

WHEREAS, We should be able to count on the foundational charitable institutions of our city, such as UPMC, to maintain their commitment to care for such vulnerable populations and keep to those commitment in following their charitable missions, we acknowledge that the court case is, while a huge victory for seniors, still a temporary resolution to the larger problem which seniors/community members/PHAN will continue to work to solve, and;


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