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State Police Union Says UPMC-Highmark Dispute Could Adversely Affect Troopers

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Gene J. Puskar
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AP

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.