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BIGGER IMPACT: Dr. Timothy J. Babineau, a former cancer surgeon, said he used to care for patients one at a time, but now as president and CEO of Lifespan, “I take care of them 10,000 at a time.”
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Babineau: ‘Health care is local’

Dr. Timothy J. Babineau misses seeing patients, but as Lifespan Corp.’s president and CEO for the past seven years, the former cancer surgeon has...

Medicare for All would be more expensive for all

Congressional leaders are only beginning to come to grips with the true costs of Medicare for All and the battle that lies ahead.Most of...

Don’t bank on UnitedHealth’s profitable present

UnitedHealthGroup Inc. is doing great. America’s largest health insurer released first-quarter results April 16 that beat analysts’ expectations, and it raised full-year earnings guidance....
RECENT IMPROVEMENTS: HealthSource RI Director Zachary W. Sherman speaks with Robin Dionne, HSRI chief public affairs officer. Sherman said recent improvements to the HSRI for Employers program include technology advances that have allowed HSRI to connect employers with ancillary products to supplement health and dental plans.
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HSRI: Stable but will it ever cover costs?

Soon after the state established HealthSource RI in 2014, it was recognized as one of the nation’s most successful health-benefits exchanges in meeting enrollment...
PROPOSED CHANGES: Panelists at the 2019 PBN Spring Health Care Summit discuss efforts of President Donald Trump’s administration to undermine or replace the Affordable Care Act, as well as Trump’s proposed changes in regulations for accountable care organizations and the cost of prescription drugs. From left: Dr. Marylou Buyse, chief medical officer of Neighborhood Health Plan of R.I.; Dr. James E. Fanale, CEO of Care New England; Chris Ferraro, chief financial officer at Coastal Medical; Marie L. Ganim, R.I. health insurance commissioner; Stephen Kogut, professor of pharmacy practice at URI; and Zachary W. Sherman, director of HealthSource RI.
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Undermining of ACA could reverse R.I. gains

If repeated attempts by President Donald Trump’s administration to undermine or replace the Affordable Care Act aren’t thwarted, consequences in Rhode Island could be...

ACA keeps R.I. healthy

As the CEO of the largest health center in Rhode Island, I am acutely aware of the impact of rising health care costs on...

Miller, McNamara seek state-level Affordable Care Act protections

PROVIDENCE – Senate Health and Human Services Committee Chairman Joshua Miller, D-Cranston, and House Health, Education and Welfare Committee Chairman Joseph M. McNamara, D-Warwick,...
A U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE has blocked new rules governing so-called association health plans, which let businesses and individuals band together to create group health plans that offer less expensive coverage than the ACA - but without some of its protections. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER

Trump’s group health plan rules struck down as ACA `end-run’

NEW YORK - One of President Donald Trump’s health care initiatives intended as a cheaper alternative to Obamacare suffered a crucial defeat when a...
THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION has shifted its position, arguing that the entire Affordable Care Act law is unconstitutional, including its subsidies and rules banning insurers from charging more to people with pre-existing conditions. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER

Trump asks courts to erase Obamacare in risky 2020 election move

NEW YORK - The Trump administration is hardening its legal position toward Obamacare, arguing now the entire law is unconstitutional in a shift that...

Five Questions With: Howard Dulude

In December, Howard Dulude was named the new finance director for the Hospital Association of Rhode Island, where he will work with staff and...
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