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R.I. health care providers agree to cap spending increases at 3.2%...

Nearly a decade after Rhode Island adopted price controls for health care that appear to be working, the state is doing more to contain...
BETTER ACCESS: Following 10 other states and the District of Columbia, Rep. Camille F.J. Vella-Wilkinson, D-Warwick, has introduced a bill that would allow pharmacists to prescribe birth control, to improve women’s access to contraceptives.
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Should pharmacists prescribe birth control?

A proposal to allow Rhode Island pharmacists to prescribe birth control is intended to increase access to contraceptives by eliminating the need for a...
JOHN DONAHUE has been named the managing director of the newly-created Self-Insured Strategic Solutions ream at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island. / COURTESY BLUE CROSS & BLUE SHIELD OF RHODE ISLAND

BCBSRI names Donohue managing director of self-insurance team

PROVIDENCE – John Donohue has been named the managing director of the newly created Self-Insured Strategic Solutions business unit at Blue Cross & Blue...

Blue Cross backs healthy play at recess

PROVIDENCE – More elementary school kids in Rhode Island are experiencing the power of play at recess thanks to an initiative between Blue Cross...
BIG IDEAS: Melissa Cummings, chief customer officer at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, helps implement the company’s customer-service projects, such as opening Blue Cross & Blue Shield stores where members can get face-to-face service or take fitness classes.
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Healthy BCBSRI customers fuel Cummings’ happiness

2019 C-Suite Awards | CHIEF CUSTOMER OFFICER, NONPROFIT: MELISSA CUMMINGS | BLUE CROSS & BLUE SHIELD OF RHODE ISLANDWHEN MELISSA CUMMINGS walks into the...
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...
LISTEN AND LEARN: Participants during the first of two discussion panels at the 2019 PBN Spring Health Care Summit at the Providence Marriott talk about how the state’s health care and insurance systems must listen to and understand the whole person they purport to serve. From left: Marc Backon, president of Tufts Health Plan’s commercial division; Stephen Farrell, UnitedHealthcare of New England CEO; Dr. John Murphy, executive vice president of physician affairs at Lifespan; James E. Purcell, former CEO of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island and founder of the Returns on Wellbeing Institute; Shannon Shallcross, co-founder and CEO of BetaXAnalytics; and Neil D. Steinberg, president and CEO of the Rhode Island Foundation.
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Panel: Many health, insurance services out of touch with user

To work better, the state’s health care and insurance systems must ramp up one critical skill: listening to and understanding the whole person they...

Blue Cross seeks Blue across R.I. service project proposals

PROVIDENCE – Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is seeking applications for its eighth annual Blue across Rhode Island, a daylong event providing...
CRANSTON MAYOR Allan W. Fung, left, meets with Vincent DiPippo of Cranston after delivering food as part of Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island's March for Meals initiative. / COURTESY MEALS ON WHEELS OF RHODE ISLAND

Elected officials, business leaders deliver food for Meals on Wheels

PROVIDENCE – Multiple Rhode Island elected officials and Webster Bank representatives spent time throughout the month delivering meals to local senior citizens in need.The...
THE HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN Foundation Corporate Equality Index gave Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island the only perfect score on its list for a company headquartered in the Ocean State.

BCBSRI earns perfect score on Corporate Equality Index

PROVIDENCE – Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation Corporate Equality Index, measuring...
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