office of the health insurance commissioner http://ripr.org en Small Businesses Ask Insurance Commissioner For Relief http://ripr.org/post/small-businesses-ask-insurance-commissioner-relief <p>Small business owners are hoping the state’s health insurance commissioner will hold the line on the cost of health insurance for next year. The commissioner’s office is taking public comment on those proposed rates now. And at a public hearing last night, several small business owners testified about how rising insurance costs are eating into their bottom line. Bruce Dawson owns Central Tools in Pawtucket.</p><p></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 19:55:12 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 35395 at http://ripr.org Small Businesses Ask Insurance Commissioner For Relief 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 Insurers Spending More On Primary Care http://ripr.org/post/insurers-spending-more-primary-care <p>News from the state's health insurance commissioner (OHIC): insurers are making good on their commitment to invest more of their premium revenue in primary care. OHIC directed insurers to raise the amount they spend on their members' primary care by one percentage point every year for four years. And in a <a href="http://www.ohic.ri.gov/documents/Insurers/Reports%202/2013%20Primary%20Care%20Spend%20Report/1_Primary%20Care%20Spend_Final.pdf">new report </a>the agency says they're going to hit those targets.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 18:21:49 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 28620 at http://ripr.org