health insurance http://ripr.org en Rhode Island Set To Begin Health Insurance Claims Database http://ripr.org/post/rhode-island-set-begin-health-insurance-claims-database <p>You may have gotten a letter in the mail recently from your health insurance company asking whether you wanted to opt out of something called an “all payer claims database.”</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:17:30 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 32017 at http://ripr.org Rhode Island Set To Begin Health Insurance Claims Database To Find Health Care Cost Savings, Follow The Money. Or Rather, The Data. http://ripr.org/post/find-health-care-cost-savings-follow-money-or-rather-data <p>It's pretty basic: in order to save a little money, most people have to stick to a budget. But before you can sketch out that spending plan, you need to know where your money's been going and how much you've been spending on everything. Then you can look for places to trim and skimp.</p><p>So too goes the theory with health care spending. Or at least, that's the idea behind several new efforts:</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:09:14 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 31937 at http://ripr.org Medicare Advantage Plan Members Can Opt Out If Plans Drop Doctors Without Cause http://ripr.org/post/medicare-advantage-plan-members-can-opt-out-if-plans-drop-doctors-without-cause <p>New rules for Medicare Advantage plan members give seniors more flexibility to opt out of plans that drop their doctors from the network.</p><p></p><p>The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced that Medicare Advantage plan members will be able to switch plans if those plans drop doctors mid-year without cause. These are Medicare plans offered by private insurance companies and often operate like HMOs.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:48:06 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 31785 at http://ripr.org Medicare Advantage Plan Members Can Opt Out If Plans Drop Doctors Without Cause What's Next For HealthSource RI? http://ripr.org/post/whats-next-healthsource-ri <p>As you may know, today is the deadline for individuals and families to sign up for health insurance coverage through <a href="http://www.healthsourceri.com">HealthSource RI</a>, if you don't already have coverage. But what happens tomorrow?</p><p>Well, if you're an individual or a family without coverage now, and you can't get it through your employer or via Medicaid, you'll have to wait until the next open enrollment period, November 15, 2014. Also, you might face a tax penalty.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:43:07 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 31308 at http://ripr.org Last Chance To Enroll On HealthSource RI Is Monday http://ripr.org/post/last-chance-enroll-healthsource-ri-monday <p>Monday is the deadline to enroll in a health insurance plan through HealthSource RI, the state’s online insurance marketplace. That’s the last chance to enroll until November.</p><p>The push is on to attract as many eligible Rhode Islanders to HealthSource RI to sign up for a health insurance plan. March 31<sup>st</sup> is the deadline to enroll in coverage in order to avoid a tax penalty for the year. And the next open enrollment period doesn’t start until mid-November for coverage that begins the following January. So if you were waiting until the last minute, now’s the time.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 31017 at http://ripr.org Does Having Health Insurance Boost ER Visits? http://ripr.org/post/does-having-health-insurance-boost-er-visits <p>Another study seems to suggest that, contrary to previous assumptions, it does.</p><p>Researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston have just published the results of a study in the <em>Annals of Emergency Medicine</em> that looked at all emergency department visits at 69 hospitals between the fall of 2006 and the fall of 2009. In 2006, Massachusetts expanded access to health insurance to nearly everyone in the state.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:08:33 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 30757 at http://ripr.org The Bottom Line: HealthSource RI Nears The Finish Line http://ripr.org/post/bottom-line-healthsource-ri-nears-finish-line <p>Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment called The Bottom Line.</p><p>This week, HealthSource RI director Christine Ferguson joins Dave and Mark to talk about the approaching deadline for open enrollment, how to attract more small businesses, young 'invincibles,' and Latinos to the health insurance exchange, and funding the exchange into the future.</p><p></p><p><strong>When to Listen</strong><br />You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 21:30:00 +0000 Dave Fallon 30416 at http://ripr.org The Bottom Line: HealthSource RI Nears The Finish Line HealthSource RI Seeks To Extend Federal Funding For FY '15 http://ripr.org/post/healthsource-ri-seeks-extend-federal-funding-fy-15 <p>Rhode Island took advantage of millions in federal dollars to build and launch its own health insurance exchange. Now as that federal money is about to run out, HealthSource RI director Christine Ferguson says she’s got a plan for the 2015 fiscal year, which starts this July.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 19:43:26 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 30410 at http://ripr.org How Are Other States Funding Health Exchanges? http://ripr.org/post/how-are-other-states-funding-health-exchanges <p>Looks like a mixed bag. Check out this <a href="http://www.commonwealthfund.org/Maps-and-Data/State-Exchange-Map.aspx#Rhode%20Island">interactive map </a>from the Commonwealth Fund. Of the states with their own, state-run marketplaces, some plan to raise revenue for their exchanges with taxes or "assessments" on health insurance premiums, for instance. Others, like Rhode Island, seem to be still undecided.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:24:15 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 30398 at http://ripr.org How Are Other States Funding Health Exchanges? HealthSource RI Opens Temporary Walk-In Center In Warwick http://ripr.org/post/healthsource-ri-opens-temporary-walk-center-warwick <p>Rhode Island’s health insurance exchange is opening a temporary walk in center in Warwick today. Open enrollment on HealthSource RI ends this month.</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 30105 at http://ripr.org