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UPMC Altoona is committed to providing advanced specialty medical care to the community. We know how important it is to have access to quality health care, close to home.

If you have Highmark commercial insurance, you need to know that the relationship between UPMC and Highmark is changing.

After June 30, 2019, many UPMC hospitals and other facilities in western Pennsylvania will be out-of-network for patients with Highmark insurance.

Below are answers to frequently asked questions about how your health care will be affected.

Q: Will UPMC Altoona be out-of-network after June 30, 2019? A: No. UPMC Altoona will remain in-network for most* Highmark members after June 30, 2019 along with several other western Pa. hospitals including UPMC Bedford, UPMC Horizon, UPMC Northwest, and UPMC Jameson. However, UPMC physicians at the UPMC Outpatient Center in Ebensburg will be out-of-network after June 30, 2019.

* With the exception of UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Highmark My Direct Blue is out-of-network for UPMC.

Q: I have gone to UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital, UPMC Passavant, UPMC Presbyterian, or another UPMC hospital for care in the past. Which UPMC hospitals will be out-of-network after June 30, 2019? A: Many UPMC hospitals in western Pa. will be out-of-network for Highmark members after June 30, 2019. This includes but is not limited to UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital, UPMC Hamot, UPMC Passavant, and nationally ranked UPMC Presbyterian as well as several specialized treatments and services provided exclusively at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center at UPMC Shadyside.

A complete listing of UPMC hospitals and their network status after June 30, 2019, can be found at UPMC.com/Choice2019.

Q: Will UPMC doctors be out-of-network after June 30, 2019? A: If you would like to see a doctor at or near a UPMC hospital or facility that will be in-network after June 30, 2019, such as UPMC Altoona, you can expect that doctor to be in-network for you as well. However, UPMC physicians at the UPMC Outpatient Center in Ebensburg will be out-of-network after June 30, 2019. If you would like to see a doctor at or near a UPMC hospital or facility that will be out-of-network after June 30, 2019, such as UPMC Presbyterian, you can expect that doctor to be out-of-network for you as well.

For answers to more frequently asked questions about how June 30, 2019, may impact your health care, click here.