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PROVIDENCE BUSINESS NEWS EDITOR Mike Mello, left, leads the discussion at PBN's Health Care Summit on Wednesday. Participating on the panel are, from left, Marc Backon, president, commercial division, at Tufts Health Plan; Stephen Farrell, CEO of UnitedHealthcare of New England; Marie L. Ganim, R.I. Health Insurance Commissioner, Kim A. Keck, CEO and president of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island; Dr. Alan Kurose, CEO and president of Coastal Medical; and Neil D. Steinberg, CEO and president of Rhode Island Foundation. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

PBN Health Care Summit: Price transparency a challenging objective for industry

PROVIDENCE – Health care needs more price transparency, but how to address the issue remains a challenge, panelists at the Providence Business News 2019...
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...
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...

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...
IN FAVOR: Dr. James K. Sullivan, left, senior vice president and chief medical officer at Butler Hospital in Providence, speaks with Charles Alexandre, chief nursing officer. Sullivan spoke to the General Assembly in favor of a bill that would require parity in insurance between mental health and physical health for general practitioner services. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Parity seen lacking in mental, physical care

By law, mental or behavioral health and physical health should be treated with parity by insurers but Rhode Island lawmakers and insurance professionals say...
HSRI AND OHIC announced the establishment of a health insurance Market Stability Workgroup designed to suggest state-level solutions to lower health insurance costs and stabilize the health insurance market. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

R.I. establishes health insurance market stability workgroup

PROVIDENCE – HealthSource RI and the Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner announced the establishment Tuesday of the Market Stability Workgroup, a collection of...
INCREASED COMPETITION: Dr. Jason Spangler, foreground, executive director of medical policy and quality strategies for Amgen, speaks during the Oct. 5 PBN Health Care Summit about how Amgen is working to lower prescription drug costs by increasing competition. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Stigma of opioid addiction barrier to improving care

The stigma surrounding the opioid addiction is similar to that of the AIDS epidemic in recent decades, says Dr. Martin Serota, chief medical officer...
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

ACA reform stalls as GOP takes second shot at repeal

PROVIDENCE — HealthSource RI Executive Director Zach Sherman’s hopes for health insurance market-stabilizing legislation were dashed Tuesday when U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor &...
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