Robert B. Sklaroff, M.D.
The effort to stop Pennsylvania from becoming a monopoly for Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurers started a dozen years ago and has culminated in Commonwealth Court, the site of Oral Argument on 4/11/2007.
Documentation is voluminous, but key-documents are uploaded and explanation is available.
Support (both intellectual and fiscal) is invited, but its absence will continue not to impede this work.
FILINGS BEFORE THE PENNSYLVANIA SUPREME COURT ARE PENDING, AS OF JULY 15, 2008.
TESTIMONY BEFORE THE PENNSYLVANIA INSURANCE COMMISSIONER, AS OF JULY 15, 2008, PROVIDES AN OVERVIEW.
MEDIA REPORTS REGARDING THIS SITUATION ILLUSTRATE ITS PROFUNDITY.
The information to be provided is in three sections. First is the Testimony that was provided to the three top elected officials in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (and hand-delivered to each of them) on 4/9/2007, as they heard testimony regarding the proposed consolidation of Independence Blue Cross and Highmark. This input carries implications, for it simultaneously exposes proposed state-level legislation as a Blues-composed sham and yields an recapitulation of the legal issues that underlie the litigation currently before the Commonwealth Court. It is replete with "specifics" rather than sweeping claims, and it will serve as the basis for upcoming Legislative Testimony.
Second is Briefing information that has been provided to Commonwealth Court related to the instant litigation. All documents provided by both sides have been provided, enabling the reader to draw personal judgments.
Third is information that had been compiled four years ago at the time when the Insurance Department had held its hearings; again, in a more elaborative fashion, the issues confronting Commonwealth Court have been enunciated.
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