commissioner of health insurance en HealthSourceRI, RI's Obamacare debuts <p>Rhode Island&rsquo;s experiment in crafting a 21<sup>st</sup> Century health care marketplace begins tomorrow Tues. Oct 1). RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on why we should be rooting for success.</p><p>From the Williamette Valley to the Pawtuxet Valley, the debate over the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, rages among politicians and the media. Some congressional Tea Party conservatives are even threatening to shut down the federal government if Obamacare goes forward.</p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 19:37:41 +0000 Scott MacKay 22358 at Hittner Confirmed as RI's 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 Hittner Confirmed as RI's Next Health Insurance Commissioner