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Health Insurance
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(Updated 11:49 a.m.) A Superior Court judge on Tuesday ruled in favor of Health Insurance Commissioner Kathleen C. Hittner and her decision to approve an insurance rate hike for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island for the upcoming year that had been challenged by Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin. more
The U.S. Census Bureau released data from its 2014 American Community Survey showing that the uninsured rate for Rhode Island was 7.4 percent, a drop from 11.3 percent the year before. more
The share of people without health insurance in the U.S. fell to 10.4 percent last year as Obamacare’s expansion of public and private coverage programs took effect, the Census Bureau said Wednesday. more
Community members are invited by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s Working Group for Healthcare Innovation to share their experiences with health care in upcoming “listening sessions” in Warwick and Providence. more
HealthSource RI said that the rate of uninsured Rhode Islanders has dropped to 5 percent. more
An ongoing disagreement between the Rhode Island attorney general and the state’s health insurance commissioner regarding a recently approved 10.4 percent rate increase for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island has landed in Superior Court. more
CVS Health Corp. this week completed the acquisition of Omnicare, a provider of pharmacy services to long-term care facilities, for approximately $12.9 billion. more
Health insurers are grappling with the question of whether to cover the new pink pill to treat low libido in women, which will hit U.S. pharmacy shelves this year with a prominent warning label for serious side effects such as fainting. more
Commercial health insurance rates have been approved for 2016 by the health insurance commissioner, and while all are higher than what was approved last year, the amounts are lower than what was requested by most insurers. more
(Updated 3:34 p.m. and 5:04 p.m.) Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin last week called on state Health Insurance Commissioner Dr. Kathleen C. Hittner to reconsider a decision to approve a 10 percent health insurance rate hike for certain Blue Cross & Blue Shield plans, saying her decision to do so lacked transparency and reason. more
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