health insurance

Health Care
12:01 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Insurance Commissioner Koller Stepping Down

Christopher Koller, at right
Credit Stew Milne

Rhode Island’s first health insurance commissioner, Christopher Koller, will be leaving his post this summer. Koller will be heading a foundation in New York City.

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Health Care
3:42 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Health Insurers Seek Rate Hikes for 2014

Rhode Island health insurers have filed their requests for increases in premium rates next year. Some small businesses and individuals could see some significant hikes.

Small businesses could see their plan rates drop as much as 20 percent or spike as much as 40 percent. But the average Blue Cross increase is expected to be about 15 percent. Tufts asked for about 13 percent.

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Health Care
3:08 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Lt. Gov. Roberts: Planning a New Way to Pay for Health Care

Rhode Island is beginning a public effort to develop a statewide plan to improve the way we pay for health care. Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts is leading the effort.


With a $1.6 million dollar grant from the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, Roberts launched the six-month planning initiative. A series of public meetings will gather input from experts and community members. Roberts says she wants a plan to help health care providers and insurers move away from payments for a particular treatment or service toward paying for improved health.

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Health Care
4:04 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

No Delay for Rhode Island's Health Insurance Exchange for Small Businesses

The federal government is pushing back the launch of an online health insurance marketplace for small businesses that’s part of the Affordable Care Act. But there will be no delay in Rhode Island.

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The Pulse
4:11 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Will Health Insurance Costs Rise for Rhode Islanders Under the ACA?

You may have seen some headlines about a new report from the Society of Actuaries (the super-smart, nerdy folks who figure out how much risk, say, an insurance company can afford to take on), decrying the near-certain rise in the cost of health insurance for newly insured folks under the Affordable Care Act.

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Health Care
12:34 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Lifespan Facing "Significant" Budget Shortfall

The state’s largest hospital system is facing some unanticipated budget shortfalls. Lifespan isn’t saying yet whether the fix will include layoffs.

Lifespan released a statement saying it had asked employees and physicians to review their budgets and look for ways to trim expenses. No word yet on what immediate steps the organization might take to stem the financial losses - but Lifespan says they won’t compromise patient care and that they’ll "work hard to minimize the impact on...employees."

The Pulse
5:48 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Should Smokers Pay More for Health Insurance?

Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurers will be able to charge smokers up to 50% more than non-smokers for health insurance. Fair or not, a Politico article points out how difficult that policy might be to enforce - and not simply because smokers could lie. For instance:

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The Pulse
5:00 am
Tue February 19, 2013

How the Affordable Care Act could affect RI insurance rates

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is one of the biggest things to hit health care in decades. And you might already have started to feel its effects on your own health care - from no-cost preventative services to the ability to keep kids on your health insurance plan longer.

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Health Care
3:47 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Health insurance rates increase for 2013

Rhode Islanders’ health insurance rates will be rising again in 2013. One reason is an unexpected dip in actual medical costs.

Rhode Island’s health insurance commissioner recently approved rate increases for Blue Cross Blue Shield and Tufts. For Blue Cross, those increases will be an average of about 3.7% for small group plans and 7.9% for large groups. The state’s biggest insurer had initially applied for a much lower increase. But Blue Cross vice president of legal services Monica Neronha says that was based on what they paid out for members in 2011.

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RI News
8:46 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Lawmaker calls for his own to pay part of insurance premium

Lawmakers at RI State House
Credit Catherine Welch

The House Republican leader is renewing an effort requiring state lawmakers to pay for one-fifth of the cost of their state-provided health insurance. Brian Newberry calls the issue a matter of fairness.

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