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R.I. health insurers submit 2021 rate requests

PROVIDENCE – Local health insurers have submitted requested commercial health insurance rate changes for 2021, including small group rates the R.I. Office of the...
BLUE CROSS & BLUE SHIELD of Rhode Island is proposing a two-month 10% premium credit for members due to the reduction in medical services utilized during the COVID-19 pandemic.

BCBSRI proposes premium credit for members due to pandemic

PROVIDENCE – Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island will be issuing a medical premium credit to members due to a reduced demand...
REVIEWS OF Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island and Tufts Health Plan found both insurers had instances of noncompliance with certain aspects of their processes for approving coverage of behavioral health services.

OHIC finds deficiencies in NHPRI and THP behavioral health coverage practices

PROVIDENCE – The state Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner has released a report on Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island and Tufts Health...
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...

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