Pa. Hospital Access Bills Hurt Competition, Lawmakers Hear

Law360, Philadelphia (December 18, 2013, 6:49 PM EST) -- Insurance and hospital industry representatives told a Pennsylvania state legislative committee Wednesday that a set of bills aimed at forcing integrated health care and insurance networks to contract with any willing insurer would chill competition and force providers to accept one-sided agreements.

Although the legislation up for debate before the state House of Representatives Health Committee is aimed at defusing a long-running battle between Highmark Inc. and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center over access to consumers in Western Pennsylvania, the head of the Insurance Federation...
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