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Health Care
4:40 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

HealthSource RI Working, But Bedeviled By Federal Database

Hiccups in a federal database have caused some problems for Rhode Island’s own online health insurance marketplace, health-source RI. That database is working again now. But there are ongoing issues with verifying an applicant’s identity.

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Health Care
9:15 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Senators Briefed On The State of Healthsource RI

Director of the health benefits exchange, Healthsource RI, Christy Ferguson at a Senate briefing.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

The head of Rhode Island's online insurance marketplace says she's encouraged by the amount of interest consumers have shown in signing up for health insurance on the state’s newly launched health exchange.

It’s been up and running since October 1st to help uninsured Rhode Islanders and small businesses get the health coverage most are required to have by January 2014.

Healthsource RI leader Christy Ferguson briefed state senators on how it’s working last night. She says the exchange could help drive down health care costs if plenty of small businesses sign up.

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Health Care
10:13 am
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.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:48 am
Mon September 30, 2013

We Should Support Rhody's Modern Health Insurance Experiment

HealthSource RI, the ocean state's healthcare exchange is set to open this October.
Credit RIPR FILE

Rhode Island’s experiment in crafting a 21st Century health care marketplace begins tomorrow.  Rhode Island Public Radio's political analyst Scott MacKay on why we should be rooting for success.

From the Williamette Valley to the Pawtuxet Valley, the debate over the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, rages among politicians and the media. Some congressional Tea Party conservatives are even threatening to shut down the federal government if Obamacare goes forward.

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Health Care
8:40 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Congressional Delegates Gather in Support of Obamacare

Rhode Island’s congressional delegation helped launch Monday an effort to encourage participation in the federal healthcare overhaul known as Obamacare.  Nine community health centers around the state will play a role in the campaign.

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RI News
9:29 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Requirements of Health Insurance Exchange Remain Unclear for Businesses in Rhode Island

Healthsource RI, the new health insurance exchange, remains a mystery to many small businesses in the state.
Credit Courtesy Healthsource RI

The Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce said its members are confused about how the state’s health insurance exchange works.

The exchange, known as HealthSource RI, will give residents and small businesses a place to buy insurance once the Affordable Health Care Act is in full swing next year. Small businesses will be able to send their employees to the exchange where they can choose from a selection of plans. When Chamber president Laurie White was asked whether she thinks small business owners get how the exchange works, she replied:

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RI News
8:35 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Protesters Rally Against "Choose Life" Plates and Restrictions on Abortions

Protesters rally at the State House against the "Choose Life" license plates Rhode Island, and Texas legislation restricting abortion access.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

About 40 people gathered on the south side of the Rhode Island State House Monday evening, chanting and speaking out against recent legislation that passed in Texas which will restrict abortions.

The rally also urged Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee not to sign into law legislation that would allow a “choose life” license plate to be created.  

Money from the plate would go to counseling to dissuade women from getting abortions.

Organizer Lindsay Goss said that though this rally was small, she is already planning for the future.

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Health Care
8:26 am
Tue July 16, 2013

In Conversation with Health Benefits Exchange Director Christine Ferguson

Key components of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act are the state-run health insurance exchanges. Rhode Island’s will go online in October with a new name: Health Source Rhode Island.  And its director, Christine Ferguson, stopped by our studios to talk with Rhode Island Public Radio’s Scott MacKay about how the exchange will work and who will benefit.

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

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Health Care
12:12 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Health Insurance Premiums Up for '14, But Less Than Proposed

Rhode Islanders who buy health insurance individually or through a small employer now have an idea how much their monthly premiums will be in 2014. The state’s outgoing commissioner of health insurance approved rates lower than insurance companies requested, although just about everyone’s health insurance bill will be going up.

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The Pulse
12:20 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

No Health Insurance? Get Ready to Enroll.

UPDATE: HHS unveiled a newly redesigned healthcare.gov today, which lets users learn more about enrolling in health insurance plans through online insurance marketplaces beginning October 1st. I tried it out. The web site leads you through a series of questions and presents you with your likely options for coverage and whatever financial assistance might be available to help you pay for that coverage. It also creates a customized "checklist" to help you prepare for enrollment, which includes a list of documents you'll need to gather.

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