Harrisburg, Pa. − June 24, 2019 Senator Lindsey M. Williams released the following statement in response on UPMC/Highmark contract announcement: 

“Today’s announcement that UPMC and Highmark have entered into a 10-year contract to provide services to all patients, regardless of insurance coverage, is great news for all residents of Western Pennsylvania. Thank you to the countless patients who have taken the time to share their stories, whether through showing up at a town hall, calling and writing your elected representatives, or protesting at UPMC meetings. Your voices and experiences do make a difference. Thank you to all of the elected officials and labor leaders who took those concerns and used them to put immense pressure on UPMC to come to the table and fulfill its charitable mission, especially Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

Despite today’s successful resolution for the people of Pennsylvania, I remain in favor of a legislative solution that protects access to healthcare for not only UPMC and Highmark patients, but for people all across the Commonwealth. The uncertainty and upheaval that has happened as a result of this dispute has been harmful to patients and their continuity of care. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate to protect safe and stable patient access in the future.”