Affordable Care Act en Where ACA Dollars Have Flowed Into RI <p>The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid have announced the second round of Health Care Innovation awards. These are big grants for projects that are trying to reduce the cost of health care and/or improve care delivery, often for some of the sickest or most complicated patients.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:24:10 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 36528 at Where ACA Dollars Have Flowed Into RI Looking At Next Year's Changes To The State's 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 Looking At Next Year's Changes To The State's Health Insurance Landscape Debrief: The 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, Thu, 05 Jun 2014 21:59:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 34752 at Debrief: The Debate Over Sustaining HealthSource RI 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 Fla. Based Conservative Group Weighing In On 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="">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 Healthsource RI Needs $4.6M For 2015 <p>Rhode Island's health insurance exchange HealthSource RI says it needs $4.6 million dollars to keep running through fiscal year 2015.</p><p>The money would need to come from the state.&nbsp; HealthSource RI director Christine Ferguson says the money would cover the program's operating costs, and will allow federal funding to cover program development.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 12:48:19 +0000 John Bender 34047 at What's Next For HealthSource RI? <p>As you may know, today is the deadline for individuals and families to sign up for health insurance coverage through <a href="">HealthSource RI</a>, if you don't already have coverage. But what happens tomorrow?</p><p>Well, if you're an individual or a family without coverage now, and you can't get it through your employer or via Medicaid, you'll have to wait until the next open enrollment period, November 15, 2014. Also, you might face a tax penalty.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:43:07 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 31308 at Last Chance To Enroll On HealthSource RI Is Monday <p>Monday is the deadline to enroll in a health insurance plan through HealthSource RI, the state’s online insurance marketplace. That’s the last chance to enroll until November.</p><p>The push is on to attract as many eligible Rhode Islanders to HealthSource RI to sign up for a health insurance plan. March 31<sup>st</sup> is the deadline to enroll in coverage in order to avoid a tax penalty for the year. And the next open enrollment period doesn’t start until mid-November for coverage that begins the following January. So if you were waiting until the last minute, now’s the time.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 31017 at Does Having Health Insurance Boost ER Visits? <p>Another study seems to suggest that, contrary to previous assumptions, it does.</p><p>Researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston have just published the results of a study in the <em>Annals of Emergency Medicine</em> that looked at all emergency department visits at 69 hospitals between the fall of 2006 and the fall of 2009. In 2006, Massachusetts expanded access to health insurance to nearly everyone in the state.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:08:33 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 30757 at HealthSource RI Seeks To Extend Federal Funding For 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