Affordable Care Act
3:20 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

RI Rolls Out Details of its Health Insurance Exchange

Rhode Island’s Health Benefits Exchange has a new name, a new logo and is looking to hire dozens of people. 

From here on out, Rhode Island’s Health Benefits Exchange will be known as HealthSource RI, and it’s looking to hire 50 to 75 people to sign folks up for health insurance, starting in October.

The new name was announced at a press conference complete with a ribbon cutting. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse said Rhode Island is a full lap ahead of any other state in complying with the new Affordable Care Act. “We can really be the leaders here and we can show the rest of the country what a fair and transparent health care marketplace looks like,” said Whitehouse.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee looks on as Congressman Jim Langevin talks about the importance of health insurance at the HealthSource RI ribbon cutting.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

The director of HealthSource RI, Christy Ferguson,  said the exchange will be ready to sell 28 different health insurance policies starting October 1st, though the policies won’t take effect until January 1st. “In Rhode Island we are not having a debate about what to do, whether to do it,” said Ferguson. “We are having debates about how to do it best.”

Ferguson said she expects 70,000 – 100,000 Rhode Islanders to sign up for health insurance through HealthSource RI in the first 18 months of operation.

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