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.
Imagine this: You are the CEO of ABC Co. headquartered in Providence. You have 700 employees (if you include dependents, that is about 1,500 human beings) who depend on you for their health care coverage. There is no other benefit that even approaches the importance of health insurance for them.
About 800,000 people have signed up for private health plans through Obamacare in January, pushing total enrollment to 3 million as negative perceptions about the program give way to more practical needs.
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.
Four Rhode Island business groups sent a statement to Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee and state legislators on Tuesday asserting that HealthSource RI should be funded only by those individuals and small businesses that obtain insurance through the exchange.
By Harold Ambler PBN Contributing Writer
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