Health Care
11:25 am
Wed November 13, 2013

HealthSource RI Tallies Small Business, Medicaid Sign-Ups

Rhode Island’s health insurance exchange, HealthSource RI, said several hundred small businesses have started applications for health plans through the site. And there’s more new data about who is enrolling in plans on the exchange.

Phone operators working at HealthSource RI.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

About 470 small businesses have started filling out applications for health insurance for their employees on HealthSource RI. That’s Rhode Island’s online health insurance marketplace under Obamacare. And it’s the first look at sign up numbers for businesses in the Ocean State. Officials are hoping an option that allows small business employees to use their employer’s contribution to buy any plan they choose on the exchange will draw more interest. Rhode Island is one of the only states to offer this option on its exchange.

So far, about 4400 individuals and families have signed up for plans, about two thirds of them qualifying for government-paid Medicaid plans. The other third have until December 15 to pay the first month’s premium on plans that take effect January first, and only a small percentage have done that so far. 

Except for a few glitches in the beginning, HealthSource RI director Christine Ferguson says the state’s exchange is working well, unlike the beleaguered federal site.