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RATE REVIEW: The Office of Health Insurance Commissioner released its approved premium changes for commercial health insurance plans on Aug. 17, and in nearly all cases the OHIC cut back the requested rate increase requests. A Kaiser Family Foundation study found Providence had the second-lowest 2018 premiums for some plans among 21 cities examined. / COURTESY R.I. OFFICE OF THE HEALTH INSURANCE COMMISSIONER

R.I. looks to preserve gains under Obamacare

Rhode Island has had a good thing going under so-called “Obamacare,” according to state officials, but it all could change unless the state steps...

OHIC: Short-term health plans not approved for sale in R.I.

PROVIDENCE - The Trump Administration’s plan to expand access to short-term, limited duration health plans which omit coverage mandated by the Affordable Care Act...

Trump administration resumes ACA risk management payments

PROVIDENCE — The Trump administration is resuming $10.4 billion in Affordable Care Act risk management payments halted earlier this month after a New Mexico...

HSRI applying for reinsurance, sole proprietor access to employer market

PROVIDENCE — HealthSource RI is beginning work to apply for two 1332 waivers through the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services for a reinsurance...
ACTIONS BY THE TRUP ADMINISTRATION have been disruptive to health insurance exchanges, like HealthSource RI, that were created as part of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Are Rhode Island companies backing away from using it as a result?

HSRI: ACA risk sharing formula unaffected in 2019, payments should continue

PROVIDENCE — HealthSource RI Director Zachary W. Sherman and nine fellow state-based marketplace directors have sent a letter to federal health officials urging support...
THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION has temporarily halted $10.4 billion in Affordable Care Act risk management payments to insurers, a change that some say will put the "solvency of the market ... at risk."

Latest Trump administration action puts health insurance market ‘at risk’

PROVIDENCE – President Donald Trump’s administration is temporarily halting $10.4 billion in Affordable Care Act risk management payments to insurers. The move could have...
HRSI PARTICIPANTS may now pay their health insurance bills at a CVS Pharmacy retail location. Above, from left to right, – HSRI Chief Operating Officer Ernie Iannitelli, Sen. Joshua Miller, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo, HSRI Director Zachary W. Sherman. / COURTESY HSRI

HSRI insurance bills now payable at CVS locations

CRANSTON – CVS Health Corp. and HealthSource RI have partnered to offer the opportunity to pay health insurance bills at the company’s pharmacy retail locations,...

Sherman: Workgroup anticipated DOJ failing to defend ACA

PROVIDENCE — The U.S. Department of Justice has declined to defend the Affordable Care Act’s individual health insurance mandate in Texas v. United States...

Market Stability Workgroup advises R.I. health insurance mandate

PROVIDENCE — The Market Stability Workgroup is recommending a Rhode Island version of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate be enacted sooner rather than...
HSRI AND OHIC announced the establishment of a health insurance Market Stability Workgroup designed to suggest state-level solutions to lower health insurance costs and stabilize the health insurance market. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

ACA insurers’ rate increases tempered despite uncertainty

PROVIDENCE – Rate increase requests from the two insurers participating in the individual health insurance market were 10.7 and 8.7 percent for Blue Cross...
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