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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Firm sues Highmark, UPMC; claims insurance premium conspiracy

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

A Whitehall-based real estate firm filed a federal lawsuit Thursday charging that a conspiracy between Highmark Inc. and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center raised its insurance premiums.

The complaint seeks class action status and comes three days after an appeals court resuscitated an existing lawsuit claiming anti-competitive activity by the region's leading insurer and dominant hospital system.

Royal Mile Co., in its complaint, contends that UPMC refused to contract with major, national health insurance companies or otherwise helped to marginalize their participation in the local market. It charges that Highmark, "in exchange," eliminated a low-cost insurance product that had resulted in business for rival hospital system West Penn Allegheny Health System and paid West Penn less for services than it paid UPMC.

 

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