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In 2004, while testifying before the R.I. Joint Oversight Committee for Healthcare, I suggested that subscribers were largely responsible for out-of-control health care costs. I struck a nerve, because the next day The Providence Journal announced, “Blue Cross blames subscribers for cost increases.” 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
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island donated its former Wellness Van to the United Way’s 2-1-1 in Rhode Island helpline program during a ribbon-cutting ceremony. more
Hours after the University of Notre Dame filed a religious challenge to the U.S. health care overhaul in Indiana federal court, a judge in Washington heard arguments in a lawsuit assailing tax provisions of the statute. more
Daniel Shedd, president of Taylor Box Co. in Warren, is optimistic about the long-term prospects of HealthSource RI, the state’s new health-benefits exchange, and expects most small businesses will eventually use it to get insurance. 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
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