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Joan Retsinas

COVID-19 has exposed weakness in health insurance system

Before the coronavirus, advocates for national health insurance did not convince a swath of the electorate to support them. The employer-based system, after all,...
ACCESS DENIED: Visitors to the N.Y. Department of Labor are turned away at the door by personnel due to closures over coronavirus concerns on March 18. The coronavirus pandemic has hurt many households financially, but there are ways to get some relief. / AP FILE PHOTO/JOHN MINCHILLO

A guide to surviving financially as the bills come due

The coronavirus has dealt a financial blow to millions of Americans and now April’s bills are coming due. The good news is there is help...

Beware of the retroactive denial

Behold another entry in the arcana of insurance fine print: retroactive denial. Your insurer OKs a procedure: we all know the importance of getting prior...
Brian Blase

R.I. could be leader in new type of health reimbursement arrangements

As of Jan. 1, businesses have a new way to provide health coverage for their employees. Called an Individual Coverage HRA , this health...

The comforting myths of health care costs

After this season of shopping, we Americans have shown our savvy. We know that steep markdowns are illusory, that the “real” price to the...

The status quo on health care is a sure disaster

Cassandra, of Greek mythology, predicted disaster. As Democrats debate Medicare for All versus the public option versus expanded “Obamacare” versus a yet-unnamed option, the...
RHODE ISLAND KIDS COUNT celebrated the state's progress in health insurance coverage at its annual luncheon on Monday.

R.I. KIDS COUNT: State tops national average for children’s health care...

PROVIDENCE – About 97.8% of Rhode Island’s kids age 18 and under have health insurance, putting the Ocean State at number three nationwide for...

HealthSource RI encourages coverage for all

PROVIDENCE – HealthSource RI, the state’s health insurance exchange, is encouraging Rhode Islanders to pick or renew a plan during open-enrollment season, which began...
RESCUE CHIEF: Cranston Fire Department Deputy Chief Paul A. Casey, director of the city’s emergency medical services, says Cranston handles billing for rescue-vehicle rides the same way as other Rhode Island communities: Insurers are billed; city residents are not. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Some ambulance rides can end with surprising bill

Emergencies that lead to ambulance rides are nerve-racking enough, but sometimes the bill that follows can be almost as stressful. Although ambulance and rescue-vehicle services...
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...

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