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Record 16.3M seek health coverage through ‘Obamacare’ 

WASHINGTON (AP) – A record 16.3 million people sought health insurance through the Affordable Care Act this year, double the number covered when the marketplaces first...

CVS Health Corp. tops 3Q expectations, raises 2022 forecast again

WOONSOCKET (AP) – CVS Health Corp. booked a third-quarter loss of more than $3 billion after setting aside money for a potential opioid litigation...

How employers can offer inclusive benefits for today’s families

With only 19% of U.S. households comprising “traditional families,” employers must rethink how they deliver benefits to meet diverse family needs. Today’s definition of family...
CUSTOM TREATMENT: Normand Audette, of Cumberland, had some of his lung tissue tested for biomarkers that allowed doctors to develop the most effective way to battle his cancer. Starting in 2024, such advanced testing will be covered by health insurers in Rhode Island. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. requires insurers cover biomarker testing

Dizziness, memory loss, anxiety and a perpetually swollen left foot and ankle are among the side effects Normand Audette has experienced from taking an...
CHECKING IN: This is a sample screen of the Papa Inc. mobile app that allows independent contractors called pals to connect with seniors in their areas who need assistance or companionship. The service is offered through certain health insurance plans provided by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island and Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island.  / PBN PHOTO

Health insurers offering ‘grandkids on-demand’

Now in partnership with health plans in Rhode Island, a company called Papa Inc. is providing a service that’s been marketed as “grandkids on-demand,”...

4 Big Health Benefits Trends to Watch in 2022

Since the start of the pandemic, the health care industry has been continuously challenged to evolve. Even the very definitions of consumer health and...
WORKING TOGETHER: Dr. Christopher Ottiano, middle, medical director of Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island, explains that health care stakeholders should join forces to improve the system. Panelists participating in the PBN Health Care Summit on April 6 included Dr. Amy Nunn, left, executive director of the Rhode Island Public Health Institute, and Dr. Robert MacArthur, right, Commonwealth Care Allicance chief medical officer.  / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Panel: ARPA funds can help mend health safety net

Lindsay Lang sees trouble coming in maintaining health insurance for some Rhode Islanders, and she wants state lawmakers to act before it’s too late. Lang,...

Lawmakers’ bill would extend access to Medicare supplement policies

PROVIDENCE – A new bill introduced by a pair of state lawmakers would extend Medicare supplement policies to all Rhode Islanders eligible for Medicare...
­COORDINATING COVERAGE: HealthSource RI Director Lindsay Lang, third from left, meets with staff members, from left, Contessa Brown, senior analyst; Leslie Racine Vazquez, operations manager; and Steve Micke and Katherine Rivera in customer service. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

HealthSource RI seeing big benefits from ARPA

The calls from doubting policyholders have been coming into HealthSource RI recently as they express concern that there might have been a mistake on...

Health insurers seek rate increases for all individual, group plans in...

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s largest health insurance companies are seeking rate increases for 2022 that range from 2.9% to 17.5% for the small- and...
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