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REGISTERED NURSE Jessica Pace, left, checks the intravenous line of Dolce Contreras, of Central Falls, who was receiving convalescent plasma therapy at Rhode Island Hospital last October as part of a treatment against COVID-19. / COURTESY LIFESPAN CORP./WILLIAM MURPHY

Insurers pay COVID-19 costs for now

Rhode Island is requiring health insurers operating in the state to cover out-of-pocket expenses for customers in need of COVID-19 treatment, raising the question...
MARIE L. GANIM, Rhode Island's health insurance commissioner, signed a letter Wednesday, pledging to work with President-elect Joe Biden on health policy recommendations. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ RUPERT WHITELY

R.I. health insurance commissioner joins other states in supporting ACA recommendations

PROVIDENCE – Marie Ganim, Rhode Island's outgoing health insurance commissioner, signed a letter on Wednesday pledging to work with President-elect Joe Biden on health...
PANELISTS DISCUSS telemedicine during Providence Business News' Health Care Summit on Thurday. From left is PBN Editor Michael Mello; Marie Ganim, R.I. health insurance commissioner; Dr. Alan Kurose, Coastal Medical CEO; Dr. Kenneth Wood, Lifespan Corp. executive vice president and chief clinical officer; and Dr. James Fanale, CEO and president of Care New England Health System.

PBN Summit: CNE, Lifespan move toward definitive agreement, merger filing

PROVIDENCE – Dr. James E. Fanale, CEO and president of Care New England Health System, said Thursday that the merger between CNE and Lifespan...
5Q: Leslie Taito
Chief of staff, Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Five Questions With: Leslie Taito

Leslie Taito | Chief of Staff, Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island 1. Why did you leave your role as CEO of the manufacturer Hope...
UNDER PRESSURE: Dr. Raymond Powrie, Care New England’s chief of medicine, acknowledges that financially “hard decisions have been made” during the pandemic.  / PBN PHOTO/PAMELA BHATIA

Lifespan, CNE move toward merger, leaving many to wonder about side...

For decades, Rhode Island’s two largest hospital systems have been rivals, each enduring similar financial pressures on their own in a small but competitive...
HEALTH CONSCIOUS: James Raiola, principal of James Raiola CFP and Associates, says many companies are looking for more options in wellness plans, including incentives for things such as keeping physically fit. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Amid the health crisis, a new focus on benefits

Six months ago, companies in Rhode Island that were worried about keeping talented employees were talking about salary increases and benefits enhancements. The job...

OHIC approves 2021 health insurance rates; AG Neronha slams rate increases

CRANSTON – The R.I. Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner released its approved health insurance premium rates for 2021 Friday, saying it has saved...
UP THE LADDER: R.I. Health Insurance Commissioner Marie L. Ganim worked multiple internships during college and became interested in public leadership, as well as developed a concern for individuals within the public sector. 
COURTESY R.I. OFFICE OF THE HEALTH INSURANCE COMMISSIONER

Marie Ganim, R.I. health insurance commissioner


PBN 2020 Leaders & Achievers Awards Marie L. Ganim | R.I. health insurance commissioner MARIE L. GANIM HAS DEDICATED her career to making sure people...
R.I. ATTORNEY GENERAL Peter F. Neronha has filed objections with the R.I. Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner over rate requests for 2021 made for the 2021 individual health insurance market. / COURTESY R.I. OFFICE OF THE HEALTH INSURANCE COMMISSIONER

Neronha files objection to individual-market health insurance rate requests

PROVIDENCE – R.I. Attorney General Peter F. Neronha has filed objections with the R.I. Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner related to rate-increase requests...

$5M insurer-funded behavioral health program opens application period

PROVIDENCE – Nonprofits that are working to help Rhode Islanders with behavioral health needs caused by the coronavirus pandemic now have a chance to...

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