Deal not reached between UnitedHealthcare, Premier Health Network

United Healthcare Center grand opening Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011 on Fulton Street in Hempstead, N.Y. (Bill Kostroun/AP Images for UnitedHealthcare)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  Anyone insured by UnitedHealthcare on an individual plan or through an employer will have to pay out-of-network costs to use Premier Health facilities starting Sunday.

A contract between the two companies expired midnight May 14th, leaving thousands to either look for a new doctor or pay up.

UnitedHealthcare issued the following statement about Premier’s decision:

“Despite repeated efforts to reach a compromise, all of Premier Health Network’s proposals maintained their position as one of the most expensive health systems in Southwest Ohio and demanded local businesses be restricted from offering competitive benefits that put consumer choice first and allow workers to be rewarded for choosing quality, cost efficient care providers.

“UnitedHealthcare’s goal remains to find an acceptable solution that would renew in-network access to Premier’s hospitals and physicians with a contract focused on quality, affordable health care that preserves consumer choice.” – UnitedHealthcare.

Coverage for Medicare Advantage holders is set to expire in December.

Premier Health hasn’t released a statement regarding the decision.

 

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