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Rhode Island large-group insurance customers will receive $48,696 in health insurance refunds under the Affordable Care Act, according to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report released Thursday. In Rhode Island, UnitedHealthcare of New England was the only insurer to owe refunds for 2013, owing $48,696 in the large-group market. more
Health Insurance Commissioner Dr. Kathleen C. Hittner has approved lower 2015 premium rate increases than requested by Rhode Island’s four health insurance companies for several individual, small group and large employer plans. more
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts has introduced the state’s first private online health care exchange to give employees greater choice in their health care plans, the Boston Business Journal reported Wednesday. more
The National League of Cities coalition has selected Providence as one of eight cities nationwide to receive a two-year grant of up to $260,000, building on previous funding that supported the development of a city outreach campaign to enroll children and families in RIte Care, the state’s Medicaid-managed care program for low-income families. more
The Lifespan health system announced a new tobacco use policy on Monday under which its employees who use tobacco products will pay a $600 annual surcharge to their medical benefits. more
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday dealt a blow to President Barack Obama’s health-care law, ruling that closely held companies can claim a religious exemption from the requirement that they offer birth-control coverage in their worker health plans. more
SilverScript Insurance Co., a CVS Caremark Corp. company, has partnered with seven accountable-care organizations in California, Florida and New Jersey to improve pharmacy care for Medicare Part D beneficiaries enrolled in the SilverScript prescription drug plan. more
Lifespan and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island on Tuesday announced a three-year agreement to share risk through an accountable-care payment model designed to better coordinate patient care and contain health care costs. more
More than half the people who bought insurance through new Obamacare exchanges were previously uninsured, according to a survey that runs counter to reports earlier this year. more
Peter M. Marino, director of the R.I. Office of Management and Budget, has been named as the next CEO of Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island. Merrill Thomas, chairman of Neighborhood’s board of directors, said Marino’s past experience both in and out of government was one determining factor in the board’s decision. more
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