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LISTEN AND LEARN: Participants during the first of two discussion panels at the 2019 PBN Spring Health Care Summit at the Providence Marriott talk about how the state’s health care and insurance systems must listen to and understand the whole person they purport to serve. From left: Marc Backon, president of Tufts Health Plan’s commercial division; Stephen Farrell, UnitedHealthcare of New England CEO; Dr. John Murphy, executive vice president of physician affairs at Lifespan; James E. Purcell, former CEO of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island and founder of the Returns on Wellbeing Institute; Shannon Shallcross, co-founder and CEO of BetaXAnalytics; and Neil D. Steinberg, president and CEO of the Rhode Island Foundation.
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Panel: Many health, insurance services out of touch with user

To work better, the state’s health care and insurance systems must ramp up one critical skill: listening to and understanding the whole person they...

Lax & Co. President Newest Member of Forum 400

Warwick, RI, April 2019 – Lax & Co. is pleased to announce that firm President Ryan Alan Lax has been selected for membership to...
E-SCOOTERS: A couple of Bird electronic scooters are photographed on a sidewalk in Providence. Bird is one of two companies operating the scooters in the capital city, which requires the scooter companies to cover the city with a general-liability insurance policy of at least $1 million in value.
 / PBN PHOTO/CHRIS BERGENHEIM

Is city protected if scooters crash?

The electric scooters flitting around Providence are fast, efficient, fairly inexpensive and easy to use. But they’re an accident waiting to happen, and when...
COMPENSATION COSTS for private industry employers in New England were $40.80 per hour in December 2018 a 42-cent-per-hour increase year over year. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT

N.E. employer compensation costs highest in nation at end of 2018

PROVIDENCE – Compensation costs per hour worked for private employers in New England was $40.80 in December, compared with $40.38 one year prior, according...
HYBRID PRODUCT: Geraldine B. Cunningham, president and CEO of First Financial Advisory Services, with Matthew Cunningham, left, and Peter Robinson, at her Westerly office. Cunningham said her business has seen more interest in a hybrid long-term care insurance product that allows people to pay over a 10-year period while they are still working and includes a death benefit if the person dies before using the long-term care services.  
 / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Insurance policies target long-term care

Baby boomers are planning for end of life, transforming a relatively new insurance option that combines long-term care and life insurance into a $4...
team culture: Starkweather & Shepley Insurance Brokerage CEO Larry Keefe speaks to sales staff during a morning meeting at the company’s East Providence office. 
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Starkweather & Shepley growing fast, looking out for clients’ best interests

Business Excellence Awards 2018 Excellence at a large company: Starkweather & Shepley Insurance Brokerage Inc.In January, Starkweather & Shepley Insurance Brokerage Inc. will celebrate...

Starkweather & Shepley focuses expansion on improving client service

Fastest Growing Companies | $25M-$75M | 4th place CEO (or equivalent): Lawrence E. Keefe 2017 Revenue: $55,000,00 2015 Revenue: $45,238,000 Revenue growth: 21.6%East Providence-based Starkweather & Shepley Insurance...

R.I. looks to preserve gains under Obamacare

Rhode Island has had a good thing going under so-called “Obamacare,” according to state officials, but it all could change unless the state steps...
the prop: Andrew Mudra chose a mug with the logo for City Year, the nonprofit educational support organization aimed at improving elementary and secondary attendance and performance.  / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Andrew Mudra, 39

VICE PRESIDENT – AMICA LIFE INSURANCE CO.Where do you see yourself professionally in 20 years? Ideally, still with Amica – it’s a great company,...
THE METLIFE BUILDING, home of the MetLife Inc. headquarters, stands in New York. The company was the target of a complaint filed Monday by Mass. Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin, charging MetLife with failing to make pension payments to hundreds of Massachusetts retirees. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER

Galvin charges MetLife with fraud over failed pension payments

PROVIDENCE – Mass. Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin filed a complaint Monday charging financial-services giant MetLife Inc. with failing to make payments to hundreds...
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