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THE OFFICE OF THE HEALTH Insurance Commissioner and HealthSource RI announced that new rates for silver-level plans in the individual health insurance market place will increase 18-20 percent due to the elimination of Cost Sharing Reduction payments to insurers from the federal government. However, these increases will largely be offset by federal tax credits as mandated by law. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

OHIC announces new 2018 rates in response to Trump’s CSR cut

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner has approved new rates increases for HealthSource RI’s silver-level health plans sold on the...

Health care reform in hands of R.I.

While panelists for Providence Business News’ Oct. 5 Health Care Summit came to the conclusion that “repeal and replace” was not in the cards...
THE SENATE GOP has revived its effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act but is running out of time to pass the measure with a simple majority. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

Does the Graham-Cassidy bill to alter the Affordable Care Act deserve...

As the U.S. Senate prepares to consider the health care bill being presented by Sens. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., and Bill Cassidy, R-La., the issue...

California’s ‘modest’ proposal for single-payer system may be worth trying

This past spring California’s Senate proposed a single-payer health care financing system. Gov. Jerry Brown was immediately skeptical.“This is called ‘ignotum per ignotius.’ In...
SENATE MAJORITY LEADER, Mitch McConnell / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

GOP’s Obamacare repeal would cut insured by 32 million, CBO says

WASHINGTON - A Republican fallback plan to repeal all of Obamacare without a replacement health program would lead to 32 million more people uninsured than under...
THE BCRA WOULD REDUCE federal funding for Medicaid in Rhode Island by $1.89 billion from the years 2020-2026 according to Avalere. /BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

Report: Senate health reform would significantly reduce Medicaid funding in R.I.

PROVIDENCE - If the Better Care Reconciliation Act was passed in its current form, Rhode Island will lose $1.9 billion of federal Medicaid funding...
LARGE EMPLOYER GROUP INSURANCE rate increase proposals for 2018 are significantly higher than 2017 proposals. /COURTESY OFFICE OF THE HEALTH INSURANCE COMISSIONER

Double-digit increases proposed for 2018 large-group health insurance rate

Updated 9:12 a.m.PROVIDENCE - Proposed rates for large employer group heath insurance have, in some cases, come in at more than double the 2017...
A WHOLE NEW BLUE: Melissa Cummings, senior vice president and chief customer officer, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, has spearheaded the creation of the insurer’s retail locations. Paul Ryan, director of retail strategy and operations, consumer engagement, speaks to Cummings at the East Providence store.   / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Cummings leads a new way of looking at health care, customer...

Three years ago, Melissa Cummings traded her role at insurance giant Aetna to lead customer service at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode...

Full effects of health care reform must be measured and known

It is difficult to imagine that the passage of the American Health Care Act could so quickly be shunted to the back burner. But...
HOUSE Republicans mustered enough votes to pass their health-care bill on May 4. The 217-213 vote sends the American Health Care Act to the Senate. Pictured is House Speaker Paul Ryan. /BLOOMBERG NEWS PHOTO

AHCA could cost Rhode Island hundreds of millions

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island could lose nearly a half billion dollars in federal funding, resulting in thousands of people losing health insurance, should Congress...
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