Press Releases

Press Releases

MEDIA CONTACT 

Lou Takacs, Communications Director

Phone :412-350-4157

Mail to : Louis.Takacs@AlleghenyCounty

AUDIT SHOWS SITES WEREN’T CHECKED, STANDARDS NOT MET FOR ‘RECOVERY HOUSES’

July 3, 2019
(Pittsburgh) July 3, 2019 Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner said that the County’s Department of Human Services (DHS) allowed contractors to establish housing sites for individuals recovering from addiction where they were not permitted, and has not held the providers to performance benchmarks established by the County. “Providing a supportive living environment for individuals recovering […]

CONTROLLER CHELSA WAGNER STATEMENT REGARDING UPMC/HIGHMARK AGREEMENT

June 24, 2019
“The announcement of the 10-year agreement between UPMC and Highmark provides much needed relief to so many of our residents who experienced the terror of being shut-out of their hospitals and being kept from their physicians and healthcare providers. I applaud Attorney General Shapiro, Governor Wolf and others who have fought to ensure this access. […]

CONTROLLER CHELSA WAGNER STATEMENT REGARDING COURT RULING ON UPMC-HIGHMARK CONSENT DECREE EXPIRATION

June 14, 2019
“While today’s ruling is not the victory patients whose health lies in the balance hoped for, Attorney General Shapiro and his team articulated a clear case for why our citizens’ interests must take precedence over ‘charity’ health providers’ pursuit of market share and profit. The struggle to make UPMC act like anyone’s conception of a […]

WAGNER ISSUES POPULAR ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT

May 30, 2019
Finds areas of concern underlying generally strong fiscal, economic conditions. (Pittsburgh) May 30, 2019 Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner today issued her Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR), an assessment and overview of Allegheny County’s financial picture and its impact on our residents and communities. In the report, Wagner says that County finances track closely with […]

CONTROLLER CHELSA WAGNER STATEMENT ON PA. SUPREME COURT RULING RE: UPMC-HIGHMARK

May 29, 2019
“Today’s Supreme Court decision allows the people–the real stakeholders of UPMC–to have their voices heard. I commend Attorney General Shapiro for his leadership and perseverance. "This is an important victory against UPMC’s unconscionable actions in denying care to our residents and attempting to silence the very people who fund their operation. "Earlier today, when I […]

MAJORITY OF LARGE COUNTY PURCHASES AREN’T PUBLICLY BID, AUDIT FINDS

May 8, 2019
(Pittsburgh) May 8, 2019 Rather than soliciting public bids for most large purchases, Allegheny County relies on alternative purchasing methods not subject to transparency measures and which don’t guarantee the best prices, an audit by County Controller Chelsa Wagner found. While the County’s Administrative Code requires a public bid process for purchases over $30,000, and […]

WAGNER STATEMENT ON UPMC RETALIATORY LAWSUIT VS. AG SHAPIRO

February 23, 2019
(Pittsburgh) February 22, 2019 “Charities don’t usually take governments to court when government demands that all citizens have equal access to that charity’s services. But we have seen this story before. UPMC used the same tactic when the City of Pittsburgh challenged its tax-exempt status in 2013, a suit which was later dropped. “While being […]

STATEMENT ON PENDING LOSS OF STATE POLICE UNION ACCESS TO UPMC

February 14, 2019
“The news that members of the Pennsylvania State Police officers union willbecome ‘out-of-network’ for care at UPMC shows what UPMC really thinks ofworking families. These state troopers and many other union families rely onHighmark coverage that will no longer be accepted by UPMC doctors and hospitalsafter June 30. For UPMC to force the state police […]

STATEMENT ON ANNOUNCEMENT OF ATTORNEY GENERAL’S LAWSUIT AGAINST UPMC

February 8, 2019
(Pittsburgh) February 7, 2019 “The actions announced by Attorney General Shapiro today are major steps toward ending the predatory behavior of UPMC, and I commend him for his political courage in pursuing this matter into the courts. I believe this has occurred in large part thanks to our citizens raising their voices to demand action, […]

CONTROLLER WAGNER STATEMENT ON CRIMINAL CHARGES SURROUNDING PWSA LEAD WATER LINE REPLACEMENTS

February 2, 2019
(Pittsburgh) February 1, 2019 “The charges filed by Attorney General Josh Shapiro today against the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority are a long-awaited acknowledgement of the negligence and delay that marked the initial response to Pittsburgh’s lead crisis, which continues for many families even to this day. Beginning in March 2017, I called for the […]