Elected officials weigh in on dispute between UPMC and Highmark

Elected officials weigh in on dispute between UPMC and Highmark

With a consent decree preventing a separation between the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Highmark expiring in the summer, Attorney General Josh Shapiro this week announced legal action to amend the existing agreement by compelling them to continue their business relationship.

In 2014, after years of a drawn out break-up that would have spelled the end of access to UPMC doctors for Highmark patients and caused UPMC health members to pay out of network prices, the state intervened and put in place a consent decree meant to ease the transition in place. While, it didn’t erase the tension entirely, it preserved health care access for some patients. However, the decree was only designed to last five years. Should the health providers part ways, Shapiro said during his press conference, patients across the commonwealth would suffer.

Friday, February 8, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Attorney General Josh Shapiro announces criminal charges against the PWSA

Attorney General Josh Shapiro announces criminal charges against the PWSA

After a year of what many praised as progress, Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Friday he’s filing 161 criminal charges against the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority.
When the state’s Department of Environmental Protection discovered elevated lead levels in city water in 2016, Pittsburgh was ordered to replace 7 percent or roughly 2,400 lead lines per year. Since 2016 the city has since been replacing lines throughout the city.
Monday, February 4, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Allegheny County DA election draws into focus broader community policing schism

Allegheny County DA election draws into focus broader community policing schism

When 17-year-old Antwon Rose Jr. was fatally shot by an East Pittsburgh police officer in June 2018, the nation’s conversation about policing became very personal for Allegheny County.

Around the state elected officials and advocates called for police reforms, but when looking at the system as a whole local activists wondered if District Attorney Stephen Zappala was capable of seeking justice on Rose’s behalf.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council holds post-agenda on employee ownership

Pittsburgh City Council holds post-agenda on employee ownership

When employees have the option to gain stock in their companies with no upfront cost, it’s called an Employee Stock Ownership Plan. To see what such plans could mean for Pittsburgh business owners and employees, Councilwoman Erika Strassburger (D-District 8) called a post-agenda Tuesday to allow council to learn more about their costs and benefits.

In a world with an increasingly unpredictable future for social security, Kevin McPhillips, executive director of the Pennsylvania Center for Employee Ownership, testified that employee ownership allows a necessary retirement plan for older employees.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council holds heated public hearing over gun control

Pittsburgh City Council holds heated public hearing over gun control

In the lobby of the Pittsburgh City-County building Thursday night, over one hundred residents and non-residents voiced their opinions to council members on much-debated gun legislation in an emotionally charged public hearing.

Friday, January 25, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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