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INSURANCE RATES WOULD most likely remain unchanged until the next enrollment period next year for 2019 even if Congress passes a bill restoring Cost Sharing Reduction subsidies to health insurance companies according to a representative for the Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/ ANDREW HARRER

OHIC: Federal restoration of CSRs won’t guarantee rate reductions

PROVIDENCE —If a bipartisan, congressional restoration of Cost Sharing Reduction subsidies succeeds, a second revision of HealthSource RI’s silver-level health plan rates would require a...
HIGHER RATES: The Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner has approved 18-20 percent increases in health insurance rates for silver-level plans in the individual marketplace, due to the elimination of cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers from the federal ­government. / BLOOMBERG 
FILE ­PHOTO/
ANDREW ­HARRER

OHIC’s approach saves R.I.ers significant financial pain

It might seem counterintuitive to praise Health Insurance Commissioner Marie L. Ganim for keeping the average cost increases in 2018 for the benchmark silver...
SENATORS FROM BOTH political parties have said that a compromise has been reached to secure subsidies to health insurers in the Affordable Care Act insurance markets. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO /KHOLOOD EID

Senators get deal to prop up ACA, keep subsidies Trump cut

NEW YORK - Senators in both political parties say they’ve reached agreement on fixes to stabilize the Affordable Care Act just two weeks before...
MARIE L. GANIM, the Rhode Island Health Insurance Commissioner said that in order to mitigate impacts on health insurance rates, the state will focus insurance rate increases on the previously subsidized, passing the cost to the federal government. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ RUPERT WHITELEY

OHIC works to limit health insurance subsidy cut’s effect on insured

PROVIDENCE — When President Donald Trump signed an executive order canceling Cost Sharing Reduction subsidies to 17,000 Rhode Islanders who depend on the program to afford...
THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION has eliminated the Affordable Care Act guarantee of contraception coverage for women without copay. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/JULIA SCHMALZ

Medical community decries Trump administration’s cut of birth control coverage

PROVIDENCE – The Trump administration’s Department of Health and Human Services’ new rules eliminating the mandate that all businesses provide coverage for birth control...
PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP signs an executive order on health care in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 12, 2017. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/T.J. KIRKPATRICK

Trump threatens Obamacare chaos as he halts insurer subsidy

NEW YORK - President Donald Trump’s administration took its most drastic step yet to roll back the Affordable Care Act, cutting off a subsidy...
FOLLOW-UP: Sam Slade, center, vice president employer segment, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, and Melissa Cummings, right, senior vice president, chief customer officer, BCBSRI, talk with attendees following the PBN Health Care Summit on Oct. 5. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

‘Creative’ changes to ACA possible, but repeal dead

Affordable Care Act reform is more likely than repeal, and employers should take better advantage of cost-saving, health-plan tools in the meantime, according to...

Health care reform in hands of R.I.

While panelists for Providence Business News’ Oct. 5 Health Care Summit came to the conclusion that “repeal and replace” was not in the cards...
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP signed an executive order Thursday that is designed to expand health insurance options outside of the Affordable Care Act marketplace. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

Trump order on health plans may undermine ACA options

NEW YORK - President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday designed to expand health insurance options for some Americans, in a move that...

ACA repeal may limit benefits of S corporations

Since the 2010 passage of the Affordable Care Act, the use of S corporations has seen a steady increase in popularity among tax advisers,...
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