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Following the lead of the federal Affordable Care Act exchange, HealthSource RI announced Tuesday it has extended the deadline for individual and small-employer plan selection and payment. more
A total of 7,929 Rhode Islanders had enrolled for health insurance through the HealthSource RI exchange as of Nov. 30, of which 5,280 enrolled for Medicaid and 2,649 enrolled for individual or family plans, according to a Friday report from HealthSource RI and the R.I. Executive Office of Health and Human Services. more
The National League of Cities, a coalition of more than 19,000 cities, villages and towns across the country, has awarded the city of Providence a $30,000 grant to develop an outreach campaign to enroll children and families in RIte Care, the state’s Medicaid-managed care program for economically disadvantaged families. more
Seniors and disabled persons in Rhode Island with Medicare prescription drug plan coverage saved $7.2 million, or an average of $677 per person, on their prescription drugs in the first 10 months of 2013 through the Affordable Care Act’s Medicare discount program, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reported this week. more
Kent Hospital will join Cigna Corp.’s network of 20 participating hospitals and community health centers in Rhode Island, allowing Cigna’s customers to receive health services from Kent or its doctors at in-network rates, the two organizations announced Tuesday. more
The U.S. Supreme Court will take up a challenge to part of President Barack Obama’s health-care law by companies claiming a religious exemption to the requirement that they provide birth-control coverage for employees. more
Despite widely criticized technical problems that stymied the launch of the federally run health exchange website HealthCare.gov, Rhode Island’s public health insurance exchange, HealthSource RI, opened with minimal malfunctions, according to a Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council report released Tuesday. more
The Obama administration plans to push back by a month the second-year start of enrollment in its health program to give insurers more time to adjust to growing pains in the U.S. law, a move that may stave off higher premiums before the 2014 congressional elections. more
A study conducted by Clinica Esperanza/Hope Clinic suggests that its nurse-run, walk-in CHEER Clinic will save an estimated $1.28 million in future health care costs. more
In a joint statement issued late Friday afternoon, R.I. Health Insurance Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Hittner and HealthSource RI Director Christine Ferguson said Rhode Island will not allow insurers to continue the sale of policies canceled under the Affordable Care Act, despite President Barack Obama’s decision to grant Americans who received cancellation notices a one-year reprieve. more
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