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OHIC approves 2021 health insurance rates; AG Neronha slams rate increases

CRANSTON – The R.I. Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner released its approved health insurance premium rates for 2021 Friday, saying it has saved...
INCREASED ENROLLMENT: Aaliyah Perez is a customer service representative at HealthSource RI’s Walk-in Center in East Providence. The state’s health exchange had enrolled 31,771 people for health care insurance as of Dec. 10, 11 percent higher than on the same date in 2017.

Partnerships, high-profile merger plan lead the way in health care

2018 began with health risks, routine and unforeseen, and proposed partnerships, and ended with uncertainty over the fate of the $78 billion merger of...
CVS HEALTH announced it expects its acquisition of Aetna to close after Thanksgiving pending the approval to two states. One state that has yet to approve the deal is New York. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/CHRISTOPHER LEE

CVS expects Aetna acquisition to close after Thanksgiving; two state reviews...

WOONSOCKET – Lingering approvals from New York and one other state will delay the closing of CVS Health Corp.’s $68 billion acquisition of Aetna...
TOUGH TASKS: Participants on the first panel of the Health Care Summit at the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick discuss how to reintegrate into the workforce those who have experienced opioid overdoses and how to curb wasteful health care spending. From left: Landmark Medical Center CEO Michael Souza; UnitedHealthcare CEO Stephen Farrell; CVS MinuteClinic Chief Nurse Practitioner Officer Angela Patterson; and CODAC Behavioral Healthcare CEO Linda Hurley.

Overdoses, end-of-life care challenge health system

The next challenge in caring for those who experience opioid overdoses is long-term reintegration into the workforce and society, panelists said during Providence Business...
NEW YORK STATE officials are considering blocking parts of the $68 billion merger of drugstore store chain CVS Health Corp. and Aetna Inc. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DAVID PAUL MORRIS

New York State considers blocking parts of CVS-Aetna merger

NEW YORK - New York state officials are considering blocking parts of the $68 billion merger of drugstore store chain CVS Health Corp. and Aetna...
CVS HEALTH promised officials that it would keep Aetna headquarters in Hartford, Conn., for at least 10 years. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL NAGLE

HBJ: CVS promises to keep Aetna in Hartford for at least...

WOONSOCKET – CVS Health Corp. has promised to keep Aetna Inc. headquartered in Hartford, Conn., for 10 years, the Hartford Business Journal reported Thursday. The...
HOSPITALS have been closing at a rate of about 30 a year, according to the American Hospital Association. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER

U.S. hospitals shut at 30-a-year pace, with no end in sight

NEW YORK - Industry merger and acquisition may be no savior as the pace of hospital closures, particularly in hard-to-reach rural areas, seems poised to...
THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION announced that it is opposed to the CVS Aetna merger on the grounds that the deal would have anti-competitive effects on the health care industry, driving up patients' costs and reducing access to health care. CVS disagreed with the AMA's conclusions. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/CHRISTOPHER LEE

AMA opposes CVS-Aetna merger

PROVIDENCE – The American Medical Association has concluded the merger between CVS Health Corp. and Aetna Inc. would be detrimental to the health care...
INDUSTRY CONCERNS: Members of the second panel at the 2018 Spring Providence Business News Health Care Summit discuss cost-of-care concerns in the industry. From left, Al Charbonneau, executive director of the Rhode Island Business Group on Health; David Burnett, acting chief operating officer for Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island; and R.I. Health Commissioner Marie L. Ganim.

Summit: More questions than answers on health care cost savings

While the Affordable Care Act still requires people to buy health insurance, the Republican tax bill signed into law late last year zeroed out...

Amazon already reshaping health care

Without having done much yet, Inc. is already transforming U.S. health care – and not necessarily for the better. The mere threat of the...

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