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KIM A. KECK, CEO and president of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, will be leaving the local health insurer at the end of this year and will become the CEO and president of Blue Cross Blue Shield Association on Jan. 4, 2021. / COURTESY BLUE CROSS & BLUE SHIELD OF RHODE ISLAND

Keck to step down as CEO and president of Blue Cross...

PROVIDENCE – Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island CEO and President Kim A. Keck will be leaving the local health insurer at...
HEALTH CONSCIOUS: James Raiola, principal of James Raiola CFP and Associates, says many companies are looking for more options in wellness plans, including incentives for things such as keeping physically fit. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Amid the health crisis, a new focus on benefits

Six months ago, companies in Rhode Island that were worried about keeping talented employees were talking about salary increases and benefits enhancements. The job...

A lifeline for pre-Medicare adults

Ten years after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the Trump administration is now asking the Supreme Court to overturn it. Yet it’s...

For college students, questions of coverage

As colleges and universities decide whether to reopen their campuses this fall, much of the discussion has focused on the ethics behind the decision...

U.S. coronavirus crisis long time in making

As the coronavirus pandemic exerts a tighter grip on the nation, critics of the Trump administration have repeatedly highlighted its changes to the nation’s...

HSRI sees 32,704 signups for 2020

EAST PROVIDENCE – Enrollment in the state’s health insurance market for 2020 totaled 32,704 individuals and families during the open enrollment period, an increase...
PBN FILE PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Five Questions With Marie Ganim

Marie L. Ganim | R.I. health insurance commissioner 1. Who can expect to see the most savings from the state’s reinsurance program that went...
PRESCRIPTION DRUG costs for some seniors on Medicare are expected to significantly jump next year due to an expiring element of the Affordable Care Act. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DHIRAJ SINGH

Drug costs for some U.S. seniors to rise by hundreds of...

NEW YORK – Senior citizens with high prescription drug costs are facing hundreds of dollars in additional expenses next year, according to a new...
BIG IMPACT: Sam Salganik, executive director of the Rhode Island Parent Information Network, said the Affordable Care Act has made the biggest positive impact in the health care system in recent years. It’s been complemented by the state’s efforts to make insurance more accessible and affordable.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Reinsurance program helps curb premiums

Sam Salganik sees hardship cases of Rhode Islanders struggling to pay for health care. But he’s seeing less of it. “The state is making progress,”...

Under Trump, U.S. is sicker

Let’s revisit Ronald Reagan’s “Are you better off now than four years ago?” question, zooming in on health. President Donald Trump, take a reverse-bow. You...

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