Union says insurers' dispute could adversely affect troopers
State police trooper in Franklin County (Photo: Public Opinion)
(Harrisburg) — The union representing state troopers says a contract dispute between western Pennsylvania health giants UPMC and Highmark could have a negative impact on troopers and their families.
The Pennsylvania State Troopers Association said Monday that its contract expires next year, while UPMC could stop accepting Highmark insurance at in-network rates at the start of July.
The union is concerned that troopers and their families could have to pre-pay for treatment at UPMC facilities for six months or longer.
State Attorney General Josh Shapiro sued UPMC last week, seeking to prevent it from ending a business relationship with Highmark Health.
UPMC has said state law doesn’t give Shapiro’s office authority to force private parties into contracts.
A UPMC referred to its previous statements on the dispute.