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CHECKING IN: This is a sample screen of the Papa Inc. mobile app that allows independent contractors called pals to connect with seniors in their areas who need assistance or companionship. The service is offered through certain health insurance plans provided by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island and Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island.  / PBN PHOTO

Health insurers offering ‘grandkids on-demand’

Now in partnership with health plans in Rhode Island, a company called Papa Inc. is providing a service that’s been marketed as “grandkids on-demand,”...

Blue Cross offers companionship program for Medicare members

PROVIDENCE – Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island Medicare Advantage members now have free access to a companionship program for seniors. Papa, a...
ENHANCED FEATURES AND NO-COST BENEFITS are being added to the Medicare Advantage plans offered by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island for 2022. / COURTESY OF BLUE CROSS & BLUE SHIELD OF RHODE ISLAND

BCBSRI Medicare Advantage plans add no-cost, enhanced features

PROVIDENCE – The Medicare Advantage plans offered each year by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island – plans that recently received vaunted...

Blue Cross, CharterCARE Health partner on in-home care program

PROVIDENCE – Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island and CharterCARE Health Partners are partnering to provide in-home care for Blue Cross’ eligible...

Blue Cross, AMC Health to partner on remote patient monitoring

PROVIDENCE – Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is partnering with AMC Health, a New York-based telehealth and remote patient monitoring provider,...

Blue Cross offers free grocery delivery for high-risk Medicare Advantage members

PROVIDENCE – Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is partnering with local businesses to offer free grocery delivery for some of its Medicare...
DATA FROM THE Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services shows that Rhode Islanders have the best access in the U.S. to Medicare Advantage prescription drug plans for 2021.

Study: R.I.’s access to Medicare Advantage drug plans best in the...

PROVIDENCE – A new MedicareAdvantage.com report finds that Rhode Island seniors have the best access in the nation to Medicare Advantage prescription drug plans...

Blue Cross expands Medicare Advantage benefits in response to COVID-19 crisis

PROVIDENCE – Beginning on Monday, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is temporarily expanding benefits for its Medicare Advantage members through the...
U.S. SPENDING on health care increased 4.6% year over year to a total of $3.6 trillion in 2018. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER

Opinion: Now for the bad news: Medicare costs are accelerating

As debates rage over the cost of United States health care, Medicare’s actuaries have issued a new report. In 2018, overall national spending on...

Blue Cross offers new, expanded benefits with 2020 Medicare Advantage plan

PROVIDENCE – Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island has rolled out its 2020 Medicare Advantage plan, which the insurer says includes benefits...

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