Dayton’s biggest hospital network now offers private health insurance plans in Ohio beginning in 2015. Premier Health’s private and employer-sponsored policies will be available both through and outside the Marketplace. Open Enrollment begins November 15th and continues through February 15th. Special enrollment exceptions (if qualified) will be available throughout the year.
For seniors, Medicare Advantage contracts will be offered when their Open Enrollment begins in October15th and continues through December 7th. However, if you turn age 65 or become eligible for Medicare, you have a special “initial” enrollment period at any time throughout the year. It lasts for a total of seven months, beginning three months before your eligibility.
Note: Often, there is a gap between retirement and Ohio Medicare eligibility. In these situations, a private plan can act as a bridge for this period of time, which may be only a few months, or as long as 5-10 years. Subsidized policies are available.
Some of the popular and most-utilized services offered include emergency and trauma, cancer care, maternity, sports medicine, neurosciences, orthopedics, cardiology, gynecology, primary and after-hours treatment. Additional resources that are available to patients and their families are an online health encyclopedia, online patient registration, comprehensive risk assessment availability and wellness classes throughout the Dayton area.
Who Is Premier?
Located in Dayton, with more than 12,000 employees, they are a large network of hospitals, specialists, doctors and other facilities that specialize in treating the Southwestern Ohio community. The insurance company will operate as a separate business entity and will offer policies that conform and meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act legislation. Short-term and limited-benefit options will not be available.
With more than 3,000 network providers available, access to quality treatment will not be a concern for patients. 2,000 of the providers are doctors specializing in cardiology, orthopedics, preventive treatment and neurosurgery. There are also several rehab locations including the Rehabilitation Institute Of Ohio (RIO) which is on the grounds of Miami Valley Hospital. RIO treats more rehabilitative patients in the Miami Valley than any other similar company.
Available Network Providers
Five large hospitals surrounding the Miami Valley serve area patients. They are:
Atrium Medical Center (Middletown) – For more than a decade, Atrium has been a Level III trauma Care Center. Previously known as Middletown Regional Hospital, they have been treating the community for more than 90 years! They earned many “Healthgrade” awards including treatment for cardiac, pulmonary, critical care and neurosciences.
Good Samaritan Hospital (Dayton) – “Good Sam” has been around since 1932. The Sisters of Charity vision is still recognized by the hospital. Now a member of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) with more than 100 similar organizations, this hospital is very active in the Dayton community and well-recognized for its generosity. Gastrointestinal treatment is one of the many available specialties.
Upper Valley Medical Center (Troy) – Upper Valley is a fairly new facility. Serving the Miami County area since 1996, they are one of Dayton’s leading healthcare facilities North of I-70. In addition to the diverse types of treatment that is available, local charity programs are available for local residents that are not currently insured.
The partnership with Edison Community College also provides comprehensive nursing programs including college scholarships for area students. The outdoor fitness center at Edison is also available to the public at no cost.
Miami Valley Hospital (Dayton) – MVH is the flagship hospital of the area. More than 100 years old, it is now a regional trauma center facility with more than 800 available beds and 1,000 doctors and specialists. Also recognized as having one of the top nursing practices, Miami Valley is recognized as a “Magnet” facility.
Recently, “US News And World Reports” recognized MVH as one of the top hospitals in the US. The combination of the Adult Burn Center, Level 1 Trauma Center, Care Flight ambulance availability and marrow transplant program makes this hospital one of the most recognized landmarks in Southwestern Ohio.
Miami Valley Hospital South (Centerville) – is located in the Dayton Mall area and was built in 2007. It serves southern Montgomery County, Northern Warren County and surrounding areas. Currently, more than 50 beds are available, and obstetrics and orthopedics are a few of the specialties. A comprehensive cancer care center along with many physician offices are located on the property.
For 2015 effective dates, several individual/family policies will be offered as Marketplace subsidized plans. If your household income meets Federal Poverty Level guidelines, part (or all) of the premium will be paid by a subsidy. Financial aid is only offered during Open Enrollment and SEP (Special Enrollment Periods).
Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Catastrophic tier contracts are available for private purchase. However, it is unlikely that all five types of plans will be offered. Typically, carriers such as Anthem Blue Cross, Medical Mutual, Aetna, Cigna, UnitedHealthcare, and Humana do not offer options for all tiers. However, the Silver tier, because of its special cost-sharing features, is the most popular.
A Medicare Advantage plan and a Dual Eligible Special Needs (DSNP) contract will also be available. The Open Enrollment period is different than under-65 market. For Medicare-eligible plans, as previously mentioned, the sign-up period begins October 15th. Medigap (Supplement) coverage is also government-regulated and the available contracts are standardized to help in the consumer-comparison process. Advantage contracts (usually a PPO or HMO) are Medicare alternatives issued by insurers.
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Plans are available both “on” and “off” the Marketplace. If you qualify for a subsidy, “on” policies will be your best choice. However, if your total household income exceeds the benchmark needed for subsidy qualification, an “off” policy should be considered. We’ll show you the best of Premier’s portfolio along with any other company that can offer an equally or more competitive product.
October 16 2014 – MediGold Medicare Advantage policies will no longer be accepted by Premier. Notification was sent two weeks ago to all impacted policyholders. Since Open Enrollment has just begun, affected customers can shop and apply for a plan with another carrier without answering any medical questions. Acceptance is virtually guaranteed.
One of the reasons for the change is that their own Medicare Advantage contract will be offered beginning in 2015. A per-capita payment is made by the federal government to help administer and manage claims,billing, and benefits.