health insurance http://ripr.org en Local Reactions To The Hobby Lobby Decision http://ripr.org/post/local-reactions-hobby-lobby-decision <p>Reactions are still coming in to today's U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of Hobby Lobby (that decision, that the company is not required to cover contraceptives as part of employees' health insurance, can be read <a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/13pdf/13-354_olp1.pdf">here</a>.). Here are a few so far. Keep in mind, more decisions related to this one are expected.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:01:52 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 36015 at http://ripr.org Debrief: New Health Laws Address Addiction, Breast Cancer http://ripr.org/post/debrief-new-health-laws-address-addiction-breast-cancer <p>Another legislative session has wrapped up. Health care reporter Kristin Gourlay joins host Dave Fallon in the studio to talk about how health care fared on Smith Hill.</p><p>Here's a transcript of their discussion.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:21:30 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 35634 at http://ripr.org Lifespan, BCBSRI Ink Accountable Care Deal http://ripr.org/post/lifespan-bcbsri-ink-accountable-care-deal <p>The state’s largest hospital chain and largest insurer have inked an agreement to share patient data that will help them look for ways to improve health and save money. The deal is the largest of its kind in the state and could shape health care for more than 35,000 Rhode Islanders.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 17:00:15 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 35769 at http://ripr.org 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 Small Businesses Ask Insurance Commissioner For Relief http://ripr.org/post/small-businesses-ask-insurance-commissioner-relief <p>Small business owners are hoping the state’s health insurance commissioner will hold the line on the cost of health insurance for next year. The commissioner’s office is taking public comment on those proposed rates now. And at a public hearing last night, several small business owners testified about how rising insurance costs are eating into their bottom line. Bruce Dawson owns Central Tools in Pawtucket.</p><p></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 19:55:12 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 35395 at http://ripr.org Small Businesses Ask Insurance Commissioner For Relief Have Your Say About Health Insurance Rates http://ripr.org/post/have-your-say-about-health-insurance-rates <p>Health insurers have filed their requests for rate increases (or, in one case, decreases!) for the coming year (effective January 2015). The Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner reviews those requests to make sure they're fair, and then issues a ruling, probably by mid-July. Before then, <em>you </em>have an opportunity to weigh in.</p><p>Here are the details on those opportunities, plus OHIC's summary of what insurers have requested.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 17:58:40 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 35067 at http://ripr.org 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 20 More Primary Care Practices To Join CSI-RI http://ripr.org/post/20-more-primary-care-practices-join-csi-ri <p>A statewide effort to link more Rhode Islanders with primary care is expanding.</p><p>The effort is called the Chronic Care Sustainability Initiative, or CSI.CSI promotes the patient-centered medical home model of health care. In a patient centered medical home, a team of health care professionals coordinates a patient’s care. It’s especially helpful for patients with chronic illnesses, although anyone can join.</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 17:42:06 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 33865 at http://ripr.org