Christine Ferguson http://ripr.org en The Bottom Line: HealthSource RI Nears The Finish Line http://ripr.org/post/bottom-line-healthsource-ri-nears-finish-line <p>Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment called The Bottom Line.</p><p>This week, HealthSource RI director Christine Ferguson joins Dave and Mark to talk about the approaching deadline for open enrollment, how to attract more small businesses, young 'invincibles,' and Latinos to the health insurance exchange, and funding the exchange into the future.</p><p></p><p><strong>When to Listen</strong><br />You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 21:30:00 +0000 Dave Fallon 30416 at http://ripr.org The Bottom Line: HealthSource RI Nears The Finish Line 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 The Bottom Line: What Every Small Biz Needs to Know About HealthSource RI http://ripr.org/post/bottom-line-what-every-small-biz-needs-know-about-healthsource-ri <p>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.</p><p></p><p>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.</p><p></p><p><strong>When to Listen</strong></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 20:05:00 +0000 Dave Fallon & Mark Murphy 26545 at http://ripr.org The Bottom Line: What Every Small Biz Needs to Know About HealthSource RI A Conversation With HealthSource RI's Ferguson On Enrollment, Prices, and The Future http://ripr.org/post/conversation-healthsource-ris-ferguson-enrollment-prices-and-future <p>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 31<sup>st</sup>. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 26487 at http://ripr.org A Conversation With HealthSource RI's Ferguson On Enrollment, Prices, and The Future HealthSource RI Tallies Small Business, Medicaid Sign-Ups http://ripr.org/post/healthsource-ri-tallies-small-business-medicaid-sign-ups <p>Rhode Island’s health insurance exchange, HealthSource RI, said several hundred small businesses have started applications for health plans through the site. And there’s more new data about who is enrolling in plans on the exchange.</p><p></p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 16:25:24 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 24749 at http://ripr.org HealthSource RI Tallies Small Business, Medicaid Sign-Ups HealthSource RI Launches in the Ocean State http://ripr.org/post/healthsource-ri-launches-ocean-state <p>HealthSource RI, the state&rsquo;s health insurance exchange goes online Tuesday. The state is operating its own exchange, offering plans for both uninsured residents and small businesses. Enrollment starts today, with coverage kicking in January 1<sup>st</sup>. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay sat down with the director of HealthSource RI, Christine Ferguson, about what Rhode Islanders can expect when they log on to the exchange.</p><p></p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 15:16:00 +0000 Scott MacKay 22516 at http://ripr.org HealthSource RI Launches in the Ocean State Conversation: What RI’s Health Insurance Exchange Means for Residents http://ripr.org/post/conversation-what-ri-s-health-insurance-exchange-means-residents <p>Starting October 1<sup>st</sup>, Rhode Islanders can start signing up for health insurance through an online marketplace that’s a cornerstone of what’s known as Obamacare. The marketplace will offer a number of insurance plans for individuals, families and employers. &nbsp;It is being run by the state, and on Tuesday the state released how much the plans will cost.</p><p></p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 18:59:32 +0000 Scott MacKay & Dave Fallon 20418 at http://ripr.org Conversation: What RI’s Health Insurance Exchange Means for Residents HealthSource RI Rolls Out Health Insurance Exchange Rates http://ripr.org/post/healthsource-ri-rolls-out-health-insurance-exchange-rates <p>The state-run health insurance exchange has released rates on the 28 plans it will offer residents and small businesses.</p><p>The exchange, known as HealthSource RI, offers a dozen plans to individuals and families. Three insurers are providing the coverage that range in price depending on a person’s age and whether they want a “gold” “silver” or “bronze” plan. The assumption is that younger people are healthier so if a 21-year-old and a 45-year-old want the same “gold” plan, the 45-year-old is going to pay $126 more in monthly premiums.</p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 20:42:44 +0000 Catherine Welch 20358 at http://ripr.org In Conversation with Health Benefits Exchange Director Christine Ferguson http://ripr.org/post/conversation-health-benefits-exchange-director-christine-ferguson <p>Key components of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act are the state-run health insurance exchanges. Rhode Island’s will go online in October with a new name: Health Source Rhode Island.&nbsp; And its director, Christine Ferguson, stopped by our studios to talk with Rhode Island Public Radio’s Scott MacKay about how the exchange will work and who will benefit.</p><p>Do you have insight or expertise on this topic?&nbsp; Please email us, we'd love to hear from you.&nbsp; <a href="mailto:news@ripr.org">news@ripr.org</a></p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 12:26:55 +0000 Scott MacKay 18500 at http://ripr.org Ferguson’s Triumph http://ripr.org/post/ferguson-s-triumph <p>Christine Ferguson is the one Rhode Islander who has been most vindicated by the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the so-called individual mandate aspect of the Affordable Care Act that requires everyone to have health insurance coverage.</p><p>Ferguson, of Jamestown, was chosen last week by Governor Lincoln Chafee to head the state’s new Health Benefits Exchange that hopes to move Rhode Island toward universal health care coverage.</p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 09:00:00 +0000 Scott MacKay 9913 at http://ripr.org