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UPMC domination, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Kara Newhouse’s photostream

April 29, 2013, Pittsburgh, PA – In response to today’s announcement that will pave the way for a merger between Highmark and West Penn Allegheny Health System.

“For nearly two years, I’ve stood with the community in advocating for this merger. The community’s diligence and hard work has paid off,” says Peduto. “Today Pennsylvania’s state insurance regulators have approved a plan for Highmark to merge with the financially troubled West Penn Allegheny Health System. This approval saves jobs and will allow for greater competition in Pittsburgh’s healthcare market as UPMC has shown business practices that are inconsistent with a purely public charity.”