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ENROLLEES in a Medicare Advantage program, the private-sector, taxpayer-financed alternative to traditional Medicare, has steadily increased in recent years. / BLOOMBERG NEWS

Medicare Advantage plans 2020: Cigna, CVS’ Aetna offer competing plans

NEW YORK – Health insurers across the United States will race to enroll more seniors in lucrative government-backed Medicare plans this month, even as...
TUFTS HEALTH PLAN received top scores from the National Committee for Quality Insurance for its health plans in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Tufts Health Plan earns top national ranking

PROVIDENCE – Tufts Health Plan’s HMO plan in Rhode Island has earned a top rating from the National Committee for Quality Assurance for the...

UnitedHealthcare’s challenge to BCBSRI’s medical plan win denied

PROVIDENCE – UnitedHealthcare of New England’s challenge of the choice by the state to award the oversight of employee and retiree medical plans to...
THE UNINSURED rate in the U.S. increased from 7.9% in 2017 to 8.5% in 2018 / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

Almost 2M more Americans uninsured in 2018, census says

NEW YORK – The number of Americans without health insurance increased by almost 2 million people in 2018, according to new data released by...

OHIC helps keep health costs down

If you want to see an example of how regulation can help both individuals and business, take a look at the work of the...

OHIC approves 2020 health insurance rates, large-group plans see increases

PROVIDENCE – The Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner released its approved health insurance premium rates for 2020 Tuesday, saying it has saved Rhode...
FEDERAL approval of a state reinsurance program has lowered 2020 individual health insurance rates in Rhode Island.

R.I. reinsurance program lowers individual health insurance rates

PROVIDENCE – A new state program has earned federal approval, paving the way for savings on health insurance premiums for some consumers.The health insurance...
RETIREMENT OPTIONS: Glenn King, FM Global’s manager of employee benefits, meets with staff. From left, foreground, are Tricia Fay, North America benefits manager, and Jill Goodman, retirement plans manager. From left, background, are Carole Williamson, manager health and welfare plans, and King. FM Global offers both a 401(k) plan and a pension plan to its employees.
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Small businesses struggle to afford basic benefits for employees, survey finds

To the victors, go the spoils. That’s an old truism, especially for employers who win the battle for greater market share.Large companies such as...
ZACHARY W. SHERMAN is departing his role as director of HSRI in September to take a similar position in Pennsylvania. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

HSRI Director Sherman exiting role to head Pa. exchange

PROVIDENCE – HealthSource RI Director Zachary W. Sherman will depart his position at the state health insurance exchange effective Sept. 20, HSRI announced Thursday.Sherman...
BY THE NUMBERS: Mark Stewart, left, chief financial officer of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, sees Amar Gurivireddygari, the health insurer’s newly hired chief data and analytics officer, as a key to promoting more high-quality and cost-effective health care delivery. 
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Skilled data analytics a health insurance priority

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island recently welcomed Chief Data and Analytics Officer Amar Gurivireddygari to its team.Tasked with making the health...
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