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11:45 am
Tue February 11, 2014

HealthSource RI Enrollments Pass 16K; Sign-Up Deadline Nears

HealthSource RI says enrollment numbers have nearly doubled since January.
Credit file / RIPR

Rhode Island’s online health insurance exchange has nearly doubled enrollment numbers since January. The news comes as the deadline for individuals to get covered is less than two weeks away.

More than 16,000 Rhode Islanders have enrolled in health insurance plans on HealthSource RI as of this past weekend. That’s up from 9800 at the beginning of January.  HealthSource RI says most enrollees have qualified for some kind of help paying for those plans – a reduced monthly premium and assistance with co-pays and deductibles.

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The Pulse
1:24 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

RI County Tops List Of Uninsured

Snapshot of the interactive map of America's uninsured, analysis for the AP by SHADAC.
Credit Associated Press / University of Minnesota, State Health Access Data Assistance Center

A new analysis of some of the most recent census data for the Associated Press by the University of Minnesota's State Health Access Data Assistance Center finds that half the nation's uninsured people under age 65 live in just 116 of the nation's 3143 counties.

Providence County, RI is one of those, as you can see on this map here.

More than 15% of the county's 500,000 or so citizens are uninsured, according to the analysis.

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The Pulse
1:59 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

The Ethics of Preventative Medicine

Art Caplan, medical ethicist with NYU's Langone Medical Center, speaking at a Poynter seminar for journalists on January 24, 2014.
Credit Al Tomkins / Poynter

I just returned from a seminar for reporters on covering what may come next for the Affordable Care Act. One of the last sessions was a talk by prominent bioethicist Art Caplan, new head of the NYU Langone Medical Center's Division of Medical Ethics (you can read more his illustrious career here).

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The Pulse
4:07 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Update: RIte Care, Low Income Rhode Islanders, And The ACA

Some of the lowest-income Rhode Islanders may be losing their health insurance coverage or paying a bit more for it by the end of this month.

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Health Care
1:28 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

HealthSource RI Signs Up 9800 For Jan. 1 Coverage

Rhode Island’s health insurance exchange reports that more than 9800 Rhode Islanders have signed up for health coverage with private insurance plans to date. And while you might have missed the deadline to get covered as of January 1st, enrollment remains open through March 31st.

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The Bottom Line
3:05 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

The Bottom Line: What Every Small Biz Needs to Know About HealthSource RI

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday they look at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.

This week Dave and Mark talk with HealthSource RI Director Christine Ferguson. They take a look at the response of small businesses in the state to the new health insurance marketplace and separating Rhode Island’s health exchange from the problems at the federal level.

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Health Care
6:00 am
Thu December 19, 2013

A Conversation With HealthSource RI's Ferguson On Enrollment, Prices, and The Future

HealthSource RI director Christine Ferguson
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

A couple of deadlines tied to Obamacare are coming up. One of them for people signing up for coverage that starts January first … that deadline is the day before, December 31st.

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The Pulse
3:35 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Countdown To Obamacare Deadlines: Are You Covered?

If you have health insurance through your employer, great. And in Rhode Island, that's the vast majority. But if you don't, or if your insurance is being canceled, now's the time to make a decision about what you're going to do. Here are some reminders and a few helpful tips about deadlines and what's available.

Individuals and families

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The Bottom Line
3:25 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

The Bottom Line: Small Business and HealthSource RI

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday they look at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.

This week Dave and Mark talk with insurance broker James Raiola of Mass Mutal. They discuss the how the state’s health insurance exchange is offering plans for small businesses and what kind of company can benefit from using the exchange.

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You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.

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Health Care
2:21 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

New HealthSource RI Data: Older Enrollees, Fewer Than Expected

Through November, 2,649 people have enrolled in commercial health insurance plans on HealthSource RI.
Credit file / RIPR

A bit more than 2600 Rhode Islanders have signed up for health insurance coverage through HealthSource RI. That's a fraction of everyone who’s eligible-- 2%, to be exact, of the estimated 125,000 uninsured Rhode Islanders who could sign up for coverage on Rhode Island’s health insurance exchange.

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