Rhode Island seeks health insurance usage info during phone survey

PROVIDENCE – HealthSource RI and the R.I. Executive Office of Health & Human Services have teamed up to gather information about how Rhode Islanders use health care during the phone 2018 Health Information Survey in progress, and they’re urging people who hear from survey callers to participate in the 15-minute questionnaire.

The state is conducting the 2018 Health Information Survey in partnership with Freedman Healthcare and Market Decision Research, according to HealthSource RI.

“The Health Information Survey provides critical information to evaluate progress toward Rhode Island’s goal of near-universal coverage,” said John Cucco, HSRI director of strategy. “Understanding state demographic data of the uninsured population and Rhode Islanders’ experience with all types of health insurance is necessary to address health care barriers for un- and underinsured populations.”

Telephone numbers are selected at random and responses are confidential. Survey responses will not be combined with other information that could identify survey participants.

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Past surveys have been used to track the uninsured rate and underinsured rate and evaluate access to and satisfaction with care. The results of the 2018 Health Information Survey will further these efforts and allow the state to advance its mission of improving the health for all Rhode Islanders, HSRI noted.

The agencies need a diverse range of participants from all areas of the state to gain the most accurate insights and ensure actionable data is received.

To learn more about this survey or to set up an appointment to participate, visit www.RIhealthsurvey.com.

 Rob Borkowski is a PBN staff writer. Email him at Borkowski@PBN.com.