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As hospitals and insurers join forces, PA lawmaker wants to make sure they can't overpower patients

from Penn Live

Some health systems and health insurers have decided it makes sense to team up. It means the entity that owns the hospitals and employs the doctors also sells and manages health insurance to pay for it. A case study of the possible harms for consumers is playing out in Pittsburgh, where both UPMC and Highmark sell medical care as well as health insurance. A dispute between the two means that, beginning in June, people in the Pittsburgh region who have Highmark health insurance won't be able to use most UPMC doctors and hospitals. more

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