HealthSource RI http://ripr.org en What's Next For HealthSource RI? http://ripr.org/post/whats-next-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="http://www.healthsourceri.com">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 http://ripr.org Last Chance To Enroll On HealthSource RI Is Monday http://ripr.org/post/last-chance-enroll-healthsource-ri-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 http://ripr.org 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 How Are Other States Funding Health Exchanges? http://ripr.org/post/how-are-other-states-funding-health-exchanges <p>Looks like a mixed bag. Check out this <a href="http://www.commonwealthfund.org/Maps-and-Data/State-Exchange-Map.aspx#Rhode%20Island">interactive map </a>from the Commonwealth Fund. Of the states with their own, state-run marketplaces, some plan to raise revenue for their exchanges with taxes or "assessments" on health insurance premiums, for instance. Others, like Rhode Island, seem to be still undecided.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:24:15 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 30398 at http://ripr.org How Are Other States Funding Health Exchanges? Nearly 20K Enroll On RI Exchange As Lawmakers Debate Its Future http://ripr.org/post/nearly-20k-enroll-ri-exchange-lawmakers-debate-its-future <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font style="font-size: 16pt">The latest numbers out of the state's health insurance exchange show most residents are enrolling in Medicaid and <font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif">And many of those who have enrolled in private health insurance</font></font><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"> </font></font>are getting financial assistance to help pay for their coverage. </font></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">&nbsp;</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:10:20 +0000 Catherine Welch 30339 at http://ripr.org HealthSource RI Opens Temporary Walk-In Center In Warwick http://ripr.org/post/healthsource-ri-opens-temporary-walk-center-warwick <p>Rhode Island’s health insurance exchange is opening a temporary walk in center in Warwick today. Open enrollment on HealthSource RI ends this month.</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 30105 at http://ripr.org Thousands of RI Latinos May Qualify for Obamacare http://ripr.org/post/thousands-ri-latinos-may-qualify-obamacare <p>A <a href="http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/reports/2013/UninsuredLatinos/rb_uninsuredLatinos.pdf">new analysis </a>out from the US Health and Human Services agency estimates that about 17,000 uninsured Latinos in Rhode Island may qualify for assistance buying a health insurance plan on HealthSource RI or for Medicaid. That's out of RI's total Latino population of about 112,000. Both seem like sizeable numbers for a state of only about a million.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 18:07:28 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 28975 at http://ripr.org HealthSource RI Enrollments Pass 16K; Sign-Up Deadline Nears http://ripr.org/post/healthsource-ri-enrollments-pass-16k-sign-deadline-nears <p>Rhode Island’s online health insurance exchange has nearly doubled enrollment numbers since January. The news comes as the deadline for individuals to get covered is less than two weeks away.</p><p>More than 16,000 Rhode Islanders have enrolled in health insurance plans on HealthSource RI as of this past weekend. That’s up from 9800 at the beginning of January.&nbsp; HealthSource RI says most enrollees have qualified for some kind of help paying for those plans – a reduced monthly premium and assistance with co-pays and deductibles.</p><p></p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 16:45:57 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 28970 at http://ripr.org HealthSource RI Enrollments Pass 16K; Sign-Up Deadline Nears RI County Tops List Of Uninsured http://ripr.org/post/ri-county-tops-list-uninsured <p>A new analysis of some of the most recent census data for the Associated Press by the University of Minnesota's State Health Access Data Assistance Center finds that half the nation's uninsured people under age 65 live in just 116 of the nation's 3143 counties.</p><p>Providence County, RI is one of those, as you can see on this map <a href="http://hosted.ap.org/interactives/2013/healthcare-overhaul-states/">here</a>.</p><p>More than 15% of the county's 500,000 or so citizens are uninsured, according to the analysis.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 18:24:29 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 28732 at http://ripr.org RI County Tops List Of Uninsured