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Published: Friday, March 02, 2018 @ 2:56 PM
— Premier Health is shutting down its insurance business, which has been a costly three-year experiment.
Premier joined health networks around the country that tried in recent years to not only operate hospitals but also sell insurance plans. But most health networks lost money on these insurance ventures, especially after parts of the Affordable Care Act were not enacted or drastically changed.
The Dayton-based health network, which operates four area hospitals, notified its staff today that it will get out of the business of managing Medicare Advantage plans by April 1 and it will stop managing commercial insurance plans starting January.
While Premier will stop selling its own insurance plans, its hospitals and doctors will otherwise still accept the same insurance policies from other companies and managed Medicaid and Medicare plans.
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.
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.
Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 8:08 AM
— An off-duty K-9 officer in Batavia died after being struck by a vehicle on Monday.
A Batavia Police Department K-9 unit dog, Officer Kraft, was accidentally struck and killed by a car. Kraft was Batavia’s first police dog, according to the department.
“Kraft, you will be missed and your service to Batavia Police Department was greatly appreciated. Go and play ball in heaven, my buddy,” according to a statement posted by Batavia Police Chief Michael Gardner on Facebook.
Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 7:26 AM
A remarkable letter written by an escaped slave living in Dayton to his former master was the subject of a public program recently at Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum.
Today is Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, which commemorates the emancipation from slavery in the U.S. Slaves had acted to secure their own liberty, including Jordan Anderson.
» UNMATCHED COVERAGE: Escaped slave living in Dayton sends rejection letter to former master
Jordan Anderson (spelled Jourdan in some documents) and his wife Amanda, escaped slavery from a Tennessee plantation in 1864 and eventually made their way to Dayton.
After the Civil War, the slaveowner, Col. Patrick Henry Anderson, contacted Anderson and asked him to return to work on his farm.
Anderson’s reply, dated Aug. 7, 1865, was addressed “to my old master,” and published in the Cincinnati Commercial newspaper and then reprinted in the New York Daily Tribune on Aug. 22, 1865.
“Sir: I got your letter, and was glad to find that you had not forgotten Jourdon, and that you wanted me to come back and live with you again, promising to do better for me than anybody else can. I have often felt uneasy about you… Although you shot at me twice before I left you, I did not want to hear of your being hurt, and am glad you are still living.”
In a measured tone Anderson asks what his former master is offering, and goes on to request back pay for decades of abusive labor:
“I want to know particularly what the good chance is you propose to give me. I am doing tolerably well here. I get twenty-five dollars a month, with victuals and clothing; have a comfortable home for Mandy,—the folks call her Mrs. Anderson,—and the children—Milly, Jane, and Grundy—go to school and are learning well.”
The Dayton Daily News is committed to bringing you in-depth coverage of issues that matter to you. Read more about Anderson’s life in Dayton in this interactive report by reporter Lisa Powell.
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 12:53 AM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 7:44 AM
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Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 4:53 AM
DARKE COUNTY — A driver was critically injured in a rollover crash in Darke County early Tuesday morning.
A 1998 grey Cadillac Deville driven by Kory Dusko, 25, of Greenville, was traveling northbound on Ohio 121 when he failed to negotiate a curve and lost control, rolling the vehicle, according to a release.