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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...
REGISTERED NURSE Jessica Pace, left, checks the intravenous line of Dolce Contreras, of Central Falls, who was receiving convalescent plasma therapy at Rhode Island Hospital last October as part of a treatment against COVID-19. / COURTESY LIFESPAN CORP./WILLIAM MURPHY

Insurers pay COVID-19 costs for now

Rhode Island is requiring health insurers operating in the state to cover out-of-pocket expenses for customers in need of COVID-19 treatment, raising the question...
STAYING CONNECTED: Yoga instructor Jackie Hattoy leads a virtual yoga class on Jan. 21 at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island’s Your Blue Store in Cranston. By the end of 2020, the health insurer had recorded 180 online yoga sessions and its video engagement had increased by 3,000% over the prior year. / 
PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Wellness programs for employees gain strength

The most isolating year that many Americans have experienced has ended and another one has started. Amid all the forced-alone or family-unit time, companies that...
MARIE L. GANIM, Rhode Island's health insurance commissioner, signed a letter Wednesday, pledging to work with President-elect Joe Biden on health policy recommendations. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ RUPERT WHITELY

R.I. health insurance commissioner joins other states in supporting ACA recommendations

PROVIDENCE – Marie Ganim, Rhode Island's outgoing health insurance commissioner, signed a letter on Wednesday pledging to work with President-elect Joe Biden on health...

HealthSource RI joins national campaign promoting health coverage during pandemic

EAST PROVIDENCE – HealthSource RI has joined a national campaign that emphasizes the importance of health insurance during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Get Covered 2021...

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