Ohio News Briefs


Insurer to drop out of Ohio health care exchange in 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Dayton-based insurance company says it will drop out of Ohio’s health care exchange for 2018.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Premier Health Plan’s announcement Thursday leaves 20 Ohio counties with no health insurer on the state exchange next year. Premier’s decision affects nine southwest Ohio counties. Anthem announced earlier this month it would not offer insurance on Ohio’s exchange.

Premier’s president says the company can’t plan and price affordable health insurance to sell on the exchange because of “uncertainty in Washington” and related volatility in the marketplace. Exchanges are a component of the Affordable Care Act that congressional Republicans are trying to repeal and replace.

An Ohio Department of Insurance spokesman says the state is trying to find replacement insurers for those counties.

Bride finds missing wedding dress through Facebook

DOVER, Ohio (AP) — A bride traveling through northeast Ohio has found her missing wedding dress thanks to the help of social media.

WJW-TV reports Jennifer Contini and her fiancé, Steven Cunningham, were traveling from New York to Dover, Ohio when they lost the dress.

Contini says they had stopped during the trip, and she guesses she left the dress on top of the car as they drove away.

Contini posted about the dress on Facebook and the post went viral.

She says her friend’s friend saw the dress hanging on a fence at the end of a driveway. A Southampton couple had found the dress and hung it with the hope someone would claim it.

The couple is sending the dress to Dover, just in time for the wedding July 7.

Police revive same man from an overdose 20 times

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio police officer says one man has been revived with the opioid-overdose antidote naloxone 20 times by police, but he still disagrees with a city councilman who asked if it’s possible for emergency crews to stop responding to drug overdose calls.

Dayton Police Major Brian Johns tells the Dayton Daily News law enforcement took an oath to protect life, comparing the situation to a first responder not doing CPR on an obese person because they have poor dietary habits.

Middletown City Council member Dan Picard said last week arresting people who overdose increases the burden on taxpayers and strains the court system.

Picard is standing by his comments, saying “we need to put a fear about overdosing in Middletown.”

Ohio police ID 1989 body as Michigan man, seek his family

LORAIN, Ohio (AP) — Police in northern Ohio say a body that washed up on the Lake Erie shoreline in 1989 has been identified decades later as a man from suburban Detroit, and they’re trying to locate his relatives.

Lorain police say investigators couldn’t identify the body when it was found, but recent technological advances helped the FBI determine it was 36-year-old Terrence Patrick Brennan.

His body was found among rocks behind a shoreline property on April 3, 1989, wearing blue jeans, a shirt and one cowboy boot.

Lorain police say they don’t know why he might have been in Ohio. They’re hoping to get in touch with his family or anyone who might know them.

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