So HealthSource RI is up and running. At least comparatively speaking, it seems quite successful at this early stage, too, managing encouragingly high traffic, facilitating registration, and even enrolling new subscribers. In the first week of operation, the site enrolled about as many new subscribers as neighboring Connecticut, which draws from a much larger population. It would seem that Director Christine Ferguson and her small but intrepid staff deserve at least preliminary kudos for the frenetic effort needed to get the massive project off the ground on time.
The Rhode Island insurance marketplace, HealthSource RI, is now up and running, thanks to a lot of great preparatory work. Tea Party ire as these “Obamacare” insurance marketplaces opened up around the country set off the government shutdown, a threat of U.S. default and considerable controversy. Rhode Island businesses now must sort through the confusion. I thank the local chambers of commerce, HealthSource RI, and the Rhode Island Association of CPAs, who’ve worked with the congressional delegation to sort fact from myth.
When 400 people take a morning out of their busy schedules to listen to a panel discussion that is not likely to generate more revenue or inspire a product innovation, you know the event must be important. And last week’s PBN Summit on the Health Benefits Exchange was just that.
A recent round of layoffs and a projected $12 million operating loss for fiscal 2014 – the first such loss in more than 10 years – might send the average CEO reeling. But Dr. Timothy Babineau, president and CEO of Lifespan, isn’t your average executive.
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