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PRICE TRANSPARENCY: Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island CEO and President Kim A. Keck, center, says while most insurers have tools to share cost information and pass them along to members and providers, price distributions aren’t widely used because when patients have a health issue that needs to be addressed, they aren’t likely to cost-compare and shop for services. Keck is flanked by, from left: UnitedHealthcare of New England CEO Stephen Farrell; R.I. Health Commissioner Marie L. Ganim; Coastal Medical CEO and President Dr. Alan Kurose; and Rhode Island Foundation CEO and President Neil D. Steinberg. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Complexities of price transparency in health care makes it an elusive...

Prices attached to health care services and products need to be more transparent, according to panelists at the Providence Business News 2019 Fall Health...
BIG IMPACT: Sam Salganik, executive director of the Rhode Island Parent Information Network, said the Affordable Care Act has made the biggest positive impact in the health care system in recent years. It’s been complemented by the state’s efforts to make insurance more accessible and affordable.
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Reinsurance program helps curb premiums

Sam Salganik sees hardship cases of Rhode Islanders struggling to pay for health care. But he’s seeing less of it. “The state is making progress,”...

OHIC approves 2020 health insurance rates, large-group plans see increases

PROVIDENCE – The Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner released its approved health insurance premium rates for 2020 Tuesday, saying it has saved Rhode...

Brown researchers brief state health leaders on health care cost trends

PROVIDENCE – Some of Rhode Island’s top health care leaders heard from Brown University researchers last week on health care costs and cost growth...
BETTER COVERAGE: R.I. Health Insurance Commissioner Marie L. Ganim speaks at the PBN Health Care Summit at the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick in October 2017. Ganim’s office is completing reports on the state’s four largest health insurers to ensure they are following proper standards and regulations in covering the treatment of mental illnesses and drug addiction. 
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Conduct exams lead to positive changes in insurance coverage for behavioral...

State reports are expected by this spring on the remaining three of Rhode Island’s four largest health insurers to determine how well they have...
HEALTH REFORM: The focus of the second panel of participants at the Health Care Summit at the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick on Oct. 30 was health care reform and the insurance market, especially in light of the passing of the Republican tax cut bill in 2017 that removes the penalty for not signing up for health care in 2019. From left: Marc Spooner, executive vice president, commercial and government products, Tufts Health Plan; R.I. Health Insurance Commissioner Marie L. Ganim; HealthSource RI Director Zachary W. Sherman; Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island Chief Growth Officer Dave Burnett; Daniel Moynihan, vice president, contracting, Lifespan; and Coastal Medical CEO Dr. Alan Kurose.
 / PBN PHOTO/PAMELA BHATIA

‘Confusion’ over ACA’s future threatens market stability

A weakened individual mandate for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act taking effect next year remains a potent threat to local health care...

OHIC approves 2019 health insurance rates, including mostly increases but some...

CRANSTON – The Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner published the approved commercial health insurance rates for 2019 on Friday, saying that the rates...

OHIC: Short-term health plans not approved for sale in R.I.

PROVIDENCE - The Trump Administration’s plan to expand access to short-term, limited duration health plans which omit coverage mandated by the Affordable Care Act...
HEALTH INSURANCE COMMISSIONER Marie L. Ganim announced that she has instructed insurers to refile lower rates on group plans renewing in the fourth quarter of 2018 to reflect the recent suspension of the federal health insurance tax. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

OHIC reducing small-business rates for suspended health insurance tax in Q4

Correction: A previous version of this story mischaracterized estimated savings for businesses due to the suspension of a federal health insurance tax that had...
INDUSTRY CONCERNS: Members of the second panel at the 2018 Spring Providence Business News Health Care Summit discuss cost-of-care concerns in the industry. From left, Al Charbonneau, executive director of the Rhode Island Business Group on Health; David Burnett, acting chief operating officer for Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island; and R.I. Health Commissioner Marie L. Ganim.
 / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Summit: More questions than answers on health care cost savings

While the Affordable Care Act still requires people to buy health insurance, the Republican tax bill signed into law late last year zeroed out...
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