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Letter

Letter

Robert Brackbill
Chief, Company Licensing Division
Insurance Department
1345 Strawberry Square
Harrisburg, PA 17120

April 19, 2013

Dear Mr. Brackbill:

I support the proposed affiliation of Highmark and West Penn Allegheny Health System (WPAHS). I endorse the affiliation because:

  • I believe the affiliation will help form a new model of healthcare delivery, which will seek to improve the health of the people in the western Pennsylvania region;
  • I support patient choice, access to quality healthcare services and controlling healthcare costs;
  • I support protecting community charitable assets and preserving the jobs of nearly 12,000 West Penn Allegheny Health System employees; and,
  • I support enabling these dedicated employees and physicians to continue to deliver the high quality care that WPAHS hospitals are nationally recognized for today.
For these reasons, among others, I ask you to approve the Highmark-WPAHS affiliation agreement as soon as possible.

Sincerely,