health insurance

Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Rhode Island ranked third-highest in the country for the percentage of children with health insurance coverage, according to census data released Tuesday by Rhode Island KidsCount.

Lynn Arditi

Former Presidential Candidate Howard Dean predicts that Republicans are unlikely to stop the federal Medicaid reimbursements that help millions of low-income Americans pay for out-of-pocket medical costs.


RIPR FILE PHOTO

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.

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Rhode Island health officials are busy analyzing the potential impacts of the Republican plan to replace Obamacare. Proposed funding cuts to Medicaid  - the health insurance program for the poor - could mean covering fewer people or reducing payments to health care providers.

Designing skateboards is just one of Luke Franco's gigs. He has just enough time before his next shift to chat at a café in downtown Providence, R.I.

"I work at the YMCA Monday through Friday with kindergartners through fifth graders. It's split shift; seven to nine, two to six daily," he says. "With the rest of my day, I also work at a local pizza place. And in addition to that, I also own and operate a small skateboard company."

But none of his jobs offers health insurance. I ask him if he worries about that.

CBO Report Fuels RI Reps' Distaste For GOP Health Plan

Mar 14, 2017
Congressional Budget Office

A report issued Monday by the Congressional Budget Office ran the numbers on the Republicans' plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, called the American Health Care Act. Among the highlights: 14 million Americans could lose coverage next year if the proposal moves forward, and nearly double that 10 years from now. The plan reduces the nation's deficit, but it does so by cutting Medicaid funding and reducing health care subsidies.

Your Weekly Briefing: Health In Rhode Island, March 14

Mar 14, 2017
Brain Week Rhode Island

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

Health Insurers Face Uncertainty Crafting 2018 Plans

Mar 1, 2017
RIPR FILE

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.

HealthSource Enrollment Down 15 Percent

Feb 13, 2017
RIPR FILE

HealthSource RI is wrapping up its open enrollment period amid uncertainty about the future of state-run health care exchanges under President Donald Trump. Signups are down slightly over last year.

Courtesy Sheldon Whitehouse office

U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is introducing legislation to expand the Affordable Care Act. The bill comes just after President Donald Trump signed an executive order paving the way to repeal the health care act. It would create a public option, or a government negotiated health insurance plan, for people who want an alternative to commercial plans. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Kristin Gourlay spoke with Whitehouse about the bill and its chances in a Republican-led congress.

Megan Hall / RIPR

As Republicans prepare to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a clear replacement, many Rhode Islanders are concerned about their future. Freelancers, artists, and adjunct professors are in a particularly precarious position, because they don’t have access to employer-sponsored health insurance. 

RI Awarded $130M To Continue Medicaid 'Reinvention'

Nov 28, 2016
Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Rhode Island has been awarded $130 million dollars over the next five years from the federal government to continue its work overhauling Medicaid. The health insurance program for the poor serves nearly one in three Rhode Islanders. The money is earmarked for efforts that pay for better quality care instead of the quantity of care.

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Sen. Josh Miller (D-Cranston) has had a front row seat during the implementation of Obamacare in Rhode Island. Now, the prospect of a Trump presidency is creating uncertainty among proponents of the law. 

HealthSource RI Open Enrollment Starts Nov. 1

Oct 27, 2016
RIPR file photo

Open enrollment for health insurance plans on Rhode Island’s exchange, HealthSource RI, begins Tuesday, November 1st. There will be fewer plans, but lower premiums this time around.

Monthly premiums are increasing by double digits for health insurance plans sold on the federal Obamacare exchange. But in Rhode Island, HealthSource RI head Zach Sherman says it's just the opposite.

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

This week, Mark and Elisabeth speak with Mark Gray, coordinator of the state's Health Insurance Small Employer Taskforce, about the impact of new health insurance rates on small businesses.

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