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UnitedHealthcare and Premier Health fail to reach contract agreement

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(WKEF/WRGT) -- After another round of contract negotiations, United Healthcare and Premier Health have failed again to reach an agreement. That means all Premier Health hospitals and doctors will now be out of network for 70,000 people with individual and employee sponsored insurance plans, as well as, medicaid coverage.

Premier Health hospitals in the Dayton area includes Miami Valley Hospital, Miami Valley Hospital South, Good Samaritan Hospital, Upper Valley Medical Center and Atrium Medical Center.

Fox 45 received the following statement from United Healthcare May 13.

"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.”

Sunday May 14, Premier Health released this statement to Fox 45.

"Premier Health remains committed to resolving our differences with UnitedHealthcare as soon as possible while protecting patient choice. We continue to keep the lines of communication open out of great concern for our patients. The upheaval that UnitedHealthcare is creating for its members in the middle of a benefit year is disappointing, and we greatly appreciate that local employers are taking steps to ensure that their employees continue to have a choice of providers for their health care needs."

To find other hospitals and doctors in your area click here.

You can also follow the latest updates on this situation here.

United Healthcare says some members may be able to continue receiving in-network care at Premier hospitals or physician groups for a period of time. That would include members who are pregnant or undergoing active treatment for a serious medical condition like cancer.

To determine your eligibility, call the customer service number on the back of your insurance card.

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