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Obamacare consumer protections enacted in state law

PROVIDENCE – State lawmakers have taken steps to enact many of the consumer protections of the federal Affordable Care Act in state law, in...

Record 16.3M seek health coverage through ‘Obamacare’ 

WASHINGTON (AP) – A record 16.3 million people sought health insurance through the Affordable Care Act this year, double the number covered when the marketplaces first...
TALKING IT THROUGH: Panelists in the second half of the PBN Health Care Summit on Oct. 29 discuss the implications of returning to workplaces amid a rise in COVID-19 cases. The virtual panel included, clockwise from top left, Dr. Claire Levesque, from Tufts Health Plan; Peter Marino, from Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island; moderator Michael Mello, PBN editor; Dr. Matt Collins, from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island; and Siobhain Sullivan, from Rhode Island Medical Imaging Inc.

Are you ready to return to workplace? Not so fast

Rhode Island businesses yearning to get back to a pre-COVID-19 normal should not get their hopes up yet, particularly in light of a recent...
Joan Retsinas

We’ve nearly returned to our uninsured past

Remember the uninsured? Those 45 million among us dominated the 2008 presidential campaign, then the 2012 campaign. What could the nation do? We had...
Joan Retsinas

Grim U.S. stats we can do something about

COVID-19 has plunged us into the Age of Impotence. A government that once upon a time spearheaded the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe after...

Beware of the retroactive denial

Behold another entry in the arcana of insurance fine print: retroactive denial. Your insurer OKs a procedure: we all know the importance of getting prior...

Use simple economics to contain health costs

Spending on U.S. health care is out of control, expanding steadily from 5% of gross domestic product in 1960 to 18% in 2018. There...

The status quo on health care is a sure disaster

Cassandra, of Greek mythology, predicted disaster. As Democrats debate Medicare for All versus the public option versus expanded “Obamacare” versus a yet-unnamed option, the...
A U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE has blocked new rules governing so-called association health plans, which let businesses and individuals band together to create group health plans that offer less expensive coverage than the ACA - but without some of its protections. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER

Trump’s group health plan rules struck down as ACA `end-run’

NEW YORK - One of President Donald Trump’s health care initiatives intended as a cheaper alternative to Obamacare suffered a crucial defeat when a...
THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION has shifted its position, arguing that the entire Affordable Care Act law is unconstitutional, including its subsidies and rules banning insurers from charging more to people with pre-existing conditions. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER

Trump asks courts to erase Obamacare in risky 2020 election move

NEW YORK - The Trump administration is hardening its legal position toward Obamacare, arguing now the entire law is unconstitutional in a shift that...
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