HealthSource RI http://ripr.org en Debrief: The Debate Over Sustaining HealthSource RI http://ripr.org/post/debrief-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, healthcare.gov. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 21:59:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 34752 at http://ripr.org Debrief: The Debate Over Sustaining HealthSource RI Lt. Gov. Defends HealthSource RI http://ripr.org/post/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 http://ripr.org Fla. Based Conservative Group Weighing In On HealthSource RI http://ripr.org/post/fla-based-conservative-group-weighing-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="http://www.healthsourceri.com">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 http://ripr.org Healthsource RI Needs $4.6M For 2015 http://ripr.org/post/healthsource-ri-needs-46m-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 http://ripr.org 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