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Enrollment on the state’s health insurance marketplace Health Source R-I is going relatively smoothly. This is the second enrollment period since it opened last year. Health Source RI spokeswoman Maria Tocco says there were some minor issues with the web site and the call center phones but they were addressed quickly. Wait times swelled over the weekend and some scheduled appointments for hours later. Data on the number of individual and family enrollments so far are expected toward the end...

Today marks the beginning of open enrollment for HealthSource RI , the state’s online health insurance marketplace. It’s the second enrollment period for the exchange. Plus, there have been some changes. It’s open enrollment now for individuals and families who don’t have health insurance or need to renew a plan they bought on Health Source the last time around. Enrollment is open through February 15. Plans bought on the exchange last year will not automatically renew. There are eight new...

This Saturday the state’s online health insurance marketplace, Health Source RI, opens for enrollment. It’s the second open enrollment period since HealthSource launched. This year there a couple of changes. HealthSource faces an uncertain future in Rhode Island as we have a new governor and funding for the exchange runs out at the end of 2015. Rhode Island Public Radio’s health care reporter Kristin Gourlay joins host Elisabeth Harrison to talk about what’s new on HealthSource this year, and...

October 15 marks the start of open enrollment for anyone who wants to switch Medicare Advantage plans or join Medicare Part D, the prescription drug plan. November 15 is when open enrollment begins for HealthSource RI, the second time around for Rhode Island's online health insurance marketplace for individuals, families, and small businesses. Here's what we know so far about the options. Medicare Advantage plans are private, managed care plans - plans with a specific network of doctors, for...

Since the beginning of this year, Rhode Island’s hospitals have seen a nearly 18 percent drop in the amount of charity care they must provide. Hospitals provide millions in uncompensated care to people who can’t pay or don’t have insurance. But the number of people without insurance has dwindled since the roll out of the Affordable Care Act. As a result, acting president of the Hospital Association of Rhode Island Mike Souza says hospitals may be recouping as much as $40 million more dollars...

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid have announced the second round of Health Care Innovation awards. These are big grants for projects that are trying to reduce the cost of health care and/or improve care delivery, often for some of the sickest or most complicated patients. Rhode Island doesn't have a "round two" project, but the state did receive funding during round one. And this is just one of many "innovation" grants to come out of the Affordable Care Act. So, I thought it would be...

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The usual special interest groups are blasting the new state budget approved by the General Assembly. But RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says maybe lawmakers did the best they could in tough times. Rhode Island’s General Assembly has approved an $8.7 billion taxing and spending plan for the financial year that begins July First. This budget has drawn fire from the usual suspects who roam the marble Statehouse corridors lobbying for their causes. Conservatives, such as the Rhode Island...

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How much will health insurance cost you next year? Well, you’ll find out soon. Health insurers have submitted their plans for next year, including how much they want to charge customers and what benefits those plans will include. In Rhode Island, it’s the office of the health insurance commissioner that reviews those plans and decides whether to approve or reject them, or ask for some changes. Doctor Kathleen Hittner oversees the process. She spoke with Rhode Island Public Radio health care...

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State lawmakers have plenty of competing priorities to consider as they wrap up the legislative session. One of those is what to do with the state’s health insurance exchange, HealthSource RI. Health care reporter Kristin Gourlay joins host Dave Fallon to talk about the lively debate that's developed around this question of whether to keep HealthSource going or scrap it and default to the federal health insurance exchange, healthcare.gov. Kristin and Dave delve into what's at stake, what the...

Lawmakers are being asked to decide the fate of HealthSource RI, the state’s online health insurance exchange. At issue is how to pay for it, or whether to scrap it. And plenty of voices are weighing in on the conversation. The latest claims state officials were told years ago that building an exchange wasn’t viable but did it anyway. Mike Stenhouse with the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity says consultants with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation advised Rhode Island officials...

As you may know, there's a debate in the Rhode Island Statehouse over how to fund the state's online health insurance marketplace, HealthSource RI , after the Obamacare money runs out. Some say the $17 - $23 million dollar price tag to fund the site, customer service reps and centers, and infrastructure needed to negotiate for health insurance plans for sale on the site is just too much for a state with anemic coffers. Others say we can find a way to keep it going, and that the benefits of...

In a switch, the head of Rhode Island’s version of Obamacare says HealthSourceRI won’t need about $5 million dollars in state funding for the next fiscal year. HealthSourceRI director Christine Ferguson last week said the exchange would need $4.6 million dollars in state money to keep going next year. Ferguson says reports about the possibility of Rhode Island’s exchange moving to the federal version prompted a call from a division of the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Center...

Republican Second Congressional District candidate Rhue Reis joins Bonus Q+A to talk about his challenge to Democratic Congressman Jim Langevin, and a host of related issues, including jobs and the economy; the federal budget; Obamacare; immigration, and more.

As you may know, today is the deadline for individuals and families to sign up for health insurance coverage through HealthSource RI , if you don't already have coverage. But what happens tomorrow? Well, if you're an individual or a family without coverage now, and you can't get it through your employer or via Medicaid, you'll have to wait until the next open enrollment period, November 15, 2014. Also, you might face a tax penalty. As for HealthSource RI, some of its walk-in centers will...

Monday is the deadline to enroll in a health insurance plan through HealthSource RI, the state’s online insurance marketplace. That’s the last chance to enroll until November. The push is on to attract as many eligible Rhode Islanders to HealthSource RI to sign up for a health insurance plan. March 31 st is the deadline to enroll in coverage in order to avoid a tax penalty for the year. And the next open enrollment period doesn’t start until mid-November for coverage that begins the following...

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