chris koller en Hittner Confirmed as RI's Next Health Insurance Commissioner <p>Kathleen Hittner, MD has been confirmed as Rhode Island’s next commissioner of health insurance. She replaces Chris Koller, who left office last week for a new position in New York. Hittner is a former Lifespan and Miriam hospital executive, as well as a former chief anesthesiologist for two hospitals. She says she intends to carry on Koller’s work.</p><p>“I have met with Chris Koller three times, going over his initiatives, so I understand what’s going on," Hittner said. "There isn’t anything Chris was doing that I think shouldn’t be continued.”</p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 20:28:19 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 17855 at Hittner Confirmed as RI's Next Health Insurance Commissioner Health Insurance Premiums Up for '14, But Less Than Proposed <p>Rhode Islanders who buy health insurance individually or through a small employer now have an idea how much their monthly premiums will be in 2014. The state’s outgoing commissioner of health insurance approved rates lower than insurance companies requested, although just about everyone’s health insurance bill will be going up.</p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 16:12:49 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 17722 at Koller Reflects on Time in Office, Outlook for RI Health Care <p>Chris Koller, Rhode Island’s first commissioner of health insurance, spent his last day in office today. Before he heads to New York City to take over as president of the Milbank Memorial Fund, he stopped by our studios to reflect on his time in office here.</p><p>The General Assembly created Koller’s position – a first in the nation, too – in the mid-2000s to help address growing concern over the cost of health insurance and how insurers were paying health care providers.</p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 16:01:10 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 17505 at Koller Reflects on Time in Office, Outlook for RI Health Care Last Day on Job for RI's First Health Insurance Commissioner <p>Today is the last day on the job for Rhode Island’s –and the nation’s—first commissioner of health insurance. Chris Koller is leaving the position to take the helm of a foundation in New York City. He leaves behind some significant changes in the health insurance marketplace.</p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 17537 at RI Insurers Must Disclose Prices to Doctors <p>For the first time, Rhode Island’s insurance commissioner has directed health insurers to disclose what they pay for health care services. But that information won’t necessarily be directly available to patients.</p> Thu, 23 May 2013 16:17:54 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 15705 at