monica neronha http://ripr.org en How the Affordable Care Act could affect RI insurance rates http://ripr.org/post/how-affordable-care-act-could-affect-ri-insurance-rates <p>The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is one of the biggest things to hit health care in decades. And you might already have started to feel its effects on your own health care - from no-cost preventative services to the ability to keep kids on your health insurance plan longer.</p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 10530 at http://ripr.org Health insurance rates increase for 2013 http://ripr.org/post/health-insurance-rates-increase-2013 <p>Rhode Islanders’ health insurance rates will be rising again in 2013. One reason is an unexpected dip in actual medical costs.</p><p>Rhode Island’s health insurance commissioner recently approved rate increases for Blue Cross Blue Shield and Tufts. For Blue Cross, those increases will be an average of about 3.7% for small group plans and 7.9% for large groups. The state’s biggest insurer had initially applied for a much lower increase. But Blue Cross vice president of legal services Monica Neronha says that was based on what they paid out for members in 2011.</p> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 20:47:28 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 10442 at http://ripr.org