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Rhode Island state regulators have granted permission to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island to raise its 2018 rates for individual health insurance plans, on average, by 12 percent.

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Rhode Islanders seem to enjoy, or take perverse glee, in running down their state, especially the government. But a new study from the non-partisan Kaiser Family Foundation shows the Ocean State a national leader in ACA health care. It turns out that of the 20 states and the District of Columbia, where preliminary 2018 premiums and insurer information are available, premiums in the individual markets will rise in every one –except Rhode Island.

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Currently, Rhode Islanders seeking treatment for opioid addiction must have their doctors coordinate with insurance companies before they can get prescriptions for medications like Suboxone and buprenorphine. These drugs treat patients suffering from opioid dependence.

Your Weekly Briefing: Health In Rhode Island, March 14

Mar 14, 2017
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What’s happening in health care in Rhode Island, March 14:

Health Insurers Face Uncertainty Crafting 2018 Plans

Mar 1, 2017
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Health insurers are expected to file their plans for 2018 in May. They’re faced with uncertainty about how much to charge as federal lawmakers work on legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

This week Dave and Mark are joined by former Blue Cross-Blue Shield of RI President and CEO James Purcell.

The three discuss the Trump Administration and the future of the Affordable Care Act. The also talk about Trump cabinet pick Tom Price for Secretary of Health and Human Services, and possible changes in Medicaid.

When to listen:

Your Weekly Briefing: Health In Rhode Island, Oct. 18

Oct 18, 2016
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Here’s what’s happening in health in Rhode Island:

Your Weekly Briefing: Health In Rhode Island, 9/27

Sep 27, 2016
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Here’s what’s happening in health care in Rhode Island.

Health insurers have put in their requests for the rates they hope to charge consumers in 2017. Most have asked for increases, but not all.

Every year insurers have to figure out how much it cost them to pay for medical care for all of their members, and how much they think it will cost next year. It’s a complex process, and state regulators don’t always agree with insurers on the numbers. The result directly affects what you pay for health insurance each month.

Blue Cross And Blue Shield Of Rhode Island Names Keck CEO

May 19, 2016
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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island has named a new CEO. Kim Keck comes to Blue Cross most recently from 25 years at insurer Aetna. 

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Sixty thousand more Rhode Islanders - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island commercial health insurance members -  will be enrolled in health care projects designed to save money and improve care. 

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

This week Mark and Dave sit down with Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island CFO Michael Hudson, who explains why the company has laid off 80 employees. 

 When to listen:

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. news@ripr.org     

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of RI CEO To Retire

Oct 27, 2015
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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island’s president and CEO Peter Andruszkiewicz has announced his retirement, effective May 2016. 

    

He’ll stay on with the state’s largest insurer while it conducts a search for his successor. 

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island officials say that, during his five year tenure, Andruszkiewicz has focused on boosting access to primary care and better coordinating members’ health care.

He’s currently participating in several state initiatives to reform health care payment models and improve health care delivery.

Kilmartin Asks Court To Refuse BCBSRI Rate Hike

Aug 28, 2015
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Rhode Island’s Attorney General is appealing to Superior Court to stop rate increases for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island customers, saying the rate hikes are too steep.

State Health Insurance Commissioner Kathleen Hittner recently issued decisions about how much health insurance rates could increase for 2016. Most increases were in the single digits.

Health Insurance Rate Hikes In Store For 2016

May 28, 2015

Or... they could be. Insurers have just filed their requests for premium rate increases with the state’s health insurance commissioner. They’re only preliminary. And in years past the health insurance commissioner has denied some increases. But if experience is any guide, the average monthly premium for most plans will probably go up - in some cases by two-digit percentages.                                                         

It all depends on how you buy your insurance - on your own, through a small business, or through a large business.

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