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Pa. AG Vows to Monitor Altoona Hospital Takeover

July 3, 2013

HARRISBURG (AP) - Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane says she'll watch closely to ensure that a dispute between the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Highmark Inc. does not interfere with patients' access to a central Pennsylvania health system that UPMC has taken over.

 Kane said Tuesday she won't object to the affiliation between UPMC and the Altoona Regional Health System.

 But she says 60 percent of Blair County residents who have insurance are Highmark subscribers and that it would be unfair for anyone to be shut out of the Altoona system because of the Highmark-UPMC dispute. She says UPMC and Highmark must work out an agreement that guarantees access to UPMC Altoona.

 In announcing the takeover Monday, UPMC pledged to invest more than $250 million in the Altoona system over ten years.
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