Members with Premier Health Medicare Advantage coverage are getting advance written notice that they will need to pick a new plan.
Premier stated that its exit from the commercial insurance market at the beginning of 2019 will give business clients time to choose another insurer without needing to hold a special enrollment period for their employees.
Premier said it is the network’s goal to offer all of its Premier Health Plan employees a job somewhere else in the organization.
Premier Health Plan was first announced in August of 2014 and was launched during a difficult time for start-up health insurance businesses.
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Hospital systems across the country dove into the health insurance business after 2010 when the Affordable Care Act created a flood of new customers to buy their policies.
But insurance start-ups proved to be risky endeavors that almost all of these systems lost money on.
The Dayton Daily News previously reported that Premier has lost more than $40 million on its insurance arm over the past two years. Premier Health tried to sell its health insurance business but that deal fell apart in December.
The Ohio Department of Insurance provides Medicare beneficiaries with free health insurance information and counseling at 1-800-686-1578.