kathleen hittner http://ripr.org en 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 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 Hittner Confirmed as RI's Next Health Insurance Commissioner http://ripr.org/post/hittner-confirmed-ris-next-health-insurance-commissioner <p>Kathleen Hittner, MD has been confirmed as Rhode Island’s next commissioner of health insurance. She replaces Chris Koller, who left office last week for a new position in New York. Hittner is a former Lifespan and Miriam hospital executive, as well as a former chief anesthesiologist for two hospitals. She says she intends to carry on Koller’s work.</p><p>“I have met with Chris Koller three times, going over his initiatives, so I understand what’s going on," Hittner said. "There isn’t anything Chris was doing that I think shouldn’t be continued.”</p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 20:28:19 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 17855 at http://ripr.org Hittner Confirmed as RI's Next Health Insurance Commissioner Last Day on Job for RI's First Health Insurance Commissioner http://ripr.org/post/last-day-job-ris-first-health-insurance-commissioner <p>Today is the last day on the job for Rhode Island’s –and the nation’s—first commissioner of health insurance. Chris Koller is leaving the position to take the helm of a foundation in New York City. He leaves behind some significant changes in the health insurance marketplace.</p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 17537 at http://ripr.org Hittner Nominated as Next Health Insurance Commissioner http://ripr.org/post/hittner-nominated-next-health-insurance-commissioner <p>Governor Lincoln Chafee has nominated Dr. Kathleen Hittner as Rhode Island’s next Health Insurance Commissioner. Hittner must be confirmed by the senate.</p><p>Hittner has been tapped to replace outgoing commissioner Chris Koller, who is stepping down to become president of the Milbank Memorial Fund in New York City.</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 20:20:29 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 16868 at http://ripr.org Hittner Nominated as Next Health Insurance Commissioner