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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.
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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.
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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.
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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...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO released a fiscal 2020 budget proposal Thursday. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Raimondo proposes $9.9B budget, to include legalized marijuana sales, new fees

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

HSRI open enrollment continues despite ACA constitutional challenge

PROVIDENCE — The first weekday after Fort Worth Federal District Court Judge Reed O’Connor ruled the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, arguing the zeroed-out individual...
CUSTOMER SERVICE: Aaliyah Perez is a customer service representative at HealthSource RI’s walk-in center in East Providence. The state’s health insurance exchange had enrolled 31,771 people for coverage in 2019 as of Dec. 10.
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HealthSource RI enrollment ahead of last year’s pace

HealthSource RI is running ahead of last year in enrolling Rhode Islanders for health insurance coverage in 2019.With the deadline approaching on open enrollment,...
AHEAD OF THE GAME: With enrollments so far ahead of last year’s pace, HealthSource RI is not seeing much effect from the federal government’s removal of the penalty for not having health insurance.

HealthSource’s success positive for R.I.’s health in many ways

In many ways, Rhode Island is an outlier. But in one case, at least, the Ocean State stands out in a way that places...
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