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SETTING A HEALTHY COURSE: Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island CEO Jonathan Kabak on the deck of the nonprofit’s Tall Ship in Newport. Kabak says the organization has never offered health insurance coverage to its workers, but he said it’s an important part of employees contributing to the company and it will help with recruitment. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

For many R.I. businesses, health insurance questions remain as deadline looms

What is more utterly confounding than choosing a health insurance plan for a business? Not much. Officials from HealthSource RI, the state’s health insurance exchange under...
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...
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...

Salganik to lead RIPIN

SAMUAL SALGANIK was recently named executive director for the Rhode Island Parent Information Network, a Cranston-based nonprofit that helps individuals and families who need...
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PBN on WJAR-TV, April 15, 2019

R.I. has one of the nation’s most successful health-benefits exchanges. But could it survive without state funding? Every week, PBN Editor Mark S. Murphy appears...
RECENT IMPROVEMENTS: HealthSource RI Director Zachary W. Sherman speaks with Robin Dionne, HSRI chief public affairs officer. Sherman said recent improvements to the HSRI for Employers program include technology advances that have allowed HSRI to connect employers with ancillary products to supplement health and dental plans.
 / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

HSRI: Stable but will it ever cover costs?

Soon after the state established HealthSource RI in 2014, it was recognized as one of the nation’s most successful health-benefits exchanges in meeting enrollment...
PROPOSED CHANGES: Panelists at the 2019 PBN Spring Health Care Summit discuss efforts of President Donald Trump’s administration to undermine or replace the Affordable Care Act, as well as Trump’s proposed changes in regulations for accountable care organizations and the cost of prescription drugs. From left: Dr. Marylou Buyse, chief medical officer of Neighborhood Health Plan of R.I.; Dr. James E. Fanale, CEO of Care New England; Chris Ferraro, chief financial officer at Coastal Medical; Marie L. Ganim, R.I. health insurance commissioner; Stephen Kogut, professor of pharmacy practice at URI; and Zachary W. Sherman, director of HealthSource RI.
 / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Undermining of ACA could reverse R.I. gains

If repeated attempts by President Donald Trump’s administration to undermine or replace the Affordable Care Act aren’t thwarted, consequences in Rhode Island could be...
ENROLLMENT THROUGH THE Rhode Island state health exchange increased 6 percent to 32,486 customers in 2018.

HSRI enrollment increases 6% in 2019

PROVIDENCE – Healthsource RI, the state’s health care exchange, saw 32,486 people sign up for health insurance during its open enrollment period, representing an...
HELPING HAND: Customer-service representative Ramon Chevas German, right, assists a client with health insurance at a HealthSource RI center in East ­Providence.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Raimondo budget supports reinsurance program

Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s budget includes proposals she says are intended to keep health insurance affordable for thousands of Rhode Islanders, in response to...

Raimondo budget plan would legalize recreational marijuana

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo unveiled a fiscal 2020 budget proposal Jan. 17 that would increase state expenditures for education, workforce training and...
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