Mon September 30, 2013
HealthSource RI Ready For Rollout; Expecting Slow Start
The director of Rhode Island’s health insurance exchange says the state is all ready for tomorrow’s rollout of HealthSource RI; the Rhode Island version of Obamacare. Officials running the online exchange expect business to be relatively slow the first month.
HealthSource RI director Christy Ferguson says Rhode Island is one of only a handful of states in the country ready to enroll people in Obamacare. Starting Tuesday, the HealthSource call center and online marketplace will be able to enroll people in health insurance policies, take premiums and answer questions.
"On the first day I expect we’ll get a little bump in calls but still most people in Rhode Island don’t even know this is happening and so the advertising campaign will start on October 1st. We are out aggressively now all over the state talking about it. So it’ll take a little bit of time but I expect November and December to be heavy months," said Ferguson.
People may be surprised to learn how little premiums will cost under the exchange. A 21 year old man, for example, can get a low-end plan for as little as $150 a month. For a 64-year old the price rises to $450. Many people will be eligible for tax credits based on their income.
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