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RESCUE CHIEF: Cranston Fire Department Deputy Chief Paul A. Casey, director of the city’s emergency medical services, says Cranston handles billing for rescue-vehicle rides the same way as other Rhode Island communities: Insurers are billed; city residents are not. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Some ambulance rides can end with surprising bill

Emergencies that lead to ambulance rides are nerve-racking enough, but sometimes the bill that follows can be almost as stressful. Although ambulance and rescue-vehicle services...
Rhode Island health insurance officials say that while contract disputes between insurers and health care providers aren’t uncommon, they usually end with an agreement.

Standoff on health care payment rates hurts both sides

The standoff over rate increases between Southcoast Health System and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts raises a natural question: Could it happen here? Steve...

OHIC helps keep health costs down

If you want to see an example of how regulation can help both individuals and business, take a look at the work of the...
FEDERAL approval of a state reinsurance program has lowered 2020 individual health insurance rates in Rhode Island.

R.I. reinsurance program lowers individual health insurance rates

PROVIDENCE – A new state program has earned federal approval, paving the way for savings on health insurance premiums for some consumers. The health insurance...
THE OFFICE of the Health Insurance Commissioner has released the proposed health insurance rate changes for 2020.

OHIC reveals proposed insurance rate changes for 2020

PROVIDENCE – Health insurers doing business in Rhode Island have submitted their requests for rate increases for 2020, the R.I. Office of the Health...

OHIC announces new network insurance plan regulation

PROVIDENCE – The Office of Health Insurance Commissioner has finalized its regulation of health insurance network plans following its assumption of jurisdiction over them...
BLUE CROSS & BLUE SHIELD of Rhode Island's processes for approving coverage of services—known as utilization review—were found to be non-compliant with laws and regulations relating to coverage of mental health and substance use disorder benefits by the R.I. Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner in its first market conduct examination of the four health insurers in Rhode Island.

BCBSRI utilization review for mental health and substance-use disorder found deficient...

PROVIDENCE – Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island’s processes for approving coverage of services – known as utilization review – were found...

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...
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