“We believe that when a corporation like UPMC is developing in our community, it should be attentive to the needs to that community,” said Jennifer Rafanan Kennedy, the executive director of activist group Pittsburgh United. “The facilities that they’re putting in are meant to cater to people from out of town.”

Kennedy said not taking the health needs of taxpayers into account is an abuse of the hospital system’s nonprofit, tax-exempt status. This is simliar to the argument Pennsylvania attorney general made in a legal action his office filed last month, aimed at prodding UPMC to accept Highmark insurance.

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