obamacare http://ripr.org en Scott MacKay Commentary: Chafee, Lawmakers Approve Moderate Budget http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-chafee-lawmakers-approve-moderate-budget <p>The usual special interest groups are blasting the new state budget approved by the General Assembly. But RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says maybe lawmakers did&nbsp; the best they could in tough times.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Rhode Island’s General Assembly has approved an $8.7 billion taxing and spending plan for the financial year that begins July First. This budget has drawn fire from the usual suspects who roam the marble Statehouse corridors lobbying for their causes.</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 19:02:31 +0000 Scott MacKay 35515 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Chafee, Lawmakers Approve Moderate Budget Looking At Next Year's Changes To The State's Health Insurance Landscape http://ripr.org/post/looking-next-years-changes-states-health-insurance-landscape <p>How much will health insurance cost you next year? Well, you’ll find out soon. Health insurers have submitted their plans for next year, including how much they want to charge customers and what benefits those plans will include.</p><p>In Rhode Island, it’s the office of the health insurance commissioner that reviews those plans and decides whether to approve or reject them, or ask for some changes.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 13:23:04 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 35441 at http://ripr.org Looking At Next Year's Changes To The State's Health Insurance Landscape Debrief: The Debate Over Sustaining HealthSource RI http://ripr.org/post/debrief-debate-over-sustaining-healthsource-ri <p>State lawmakers have plenty of competing priorities to consider as they wrap up the legislative session. One of those is what to do with the state’s health insurance exchange, HealthSource RI. Health care reporter Kristin Gourlay joins host Dave Fallon to talk about the lively debate that's developed around this question of whether to keep HealthSource going or scrap it and default to the federal health insurance exchange, healthcare.gov. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 21:59:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 34752 at http://ripr.org Debrief: The Debate Over Sustaining HealthSource RI Lt. Gov. Defends HealthSource RI http://ripr.org/post/lt-gov-defends-healthsource-ri <p>Lawmakers are being asked to decide the fate of HealthSource RI, the state’s online health insurance exchange. At issue is how to pay for it, or whether to scrap it. And plenty of voices are weighing in on the conversation. The latest claims state officials were told years ago that building an exchange wasn’t viable but did it anyway.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 20:36:45 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 34616 at http://ripr.org Fla. Based Conservative Group Weighing In On HealthSource RI http://ripr.org/post/fla-based-conservative-group-weighing-healthsource-ri <p>As you may know, there's a debate in the Rhode Island Statehouse over how to fund the state's online health insurance marketplace, <a href="http://www.healthsourceri.com">HealthSource RI</a>, after the Obamacare money runs out. Some say the $17 - $23 million dollar price tag to fund the site, customer service reps and centers, and infrastructure needed to negotiate for health insurance plans for sale on the site is just too much for a state with anemic coffers. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 17:07:50 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 34527 at http://ripr.org In Switch, Ferguson Says HealthSourceRI Won't Need State Money in FY15 http://ripr.org/post/switch-ferguson-says-healthsourceri-wont-need-state-money-fy15 <p>In a switch, the head of Rhode Island’s version of Obamacare says <a href="http://www.healthsourceri.com/">HealthSourceRI</a> won’t need about $5 million dollars in state funding for the next fiscal year.</p><p>HealthSourceRI director Christine Ferguson last week said the exchange would need $4.6 million dollars in state money to keep going next year.</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 19:58:10 +0000 Ian Donnis 34236 at http://ripr.org Bonus Q&A: Reis on the GOP Budget, Obamacare, Social Security, Immigration & More http://ripr.org/post/bonus-qa-reis-gop-budget-obamacare-social-security-immigration-more <p>Republican Second Congressional District candidate Rhue Reis joins Bonus Q+A to talk about his challenge to Democratic Congressman Jim Langevin, and a host of related issues, including jobs and the economy; the federal budget; Obamacare; immigration, and more.</p><p></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 32217 at http://ripr.org 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 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