Guest: Christine Ferguson, Director, HealthSource RI, healthsourceri.com
Host: Richard August Time: 30 minutes
This is the THIRD of a series of programs about the impact of the Obamacare in Rhode Island and the State’s health insurance exchange, HealthSource RI. Director Ferguson is candid about the fact that the poor performance of the federal health insurance exchange had an adverse impact on RI’s exchange, resulting in a lower enrollment rate than was anticipated. Nevertheless, the HealthSource RI web site is performing well as is its call center. Currently the emphasis is on enrollment of individuals and small businesses along with enrolling those eligible in Medicaid (RItecare). The major goal is to eventually not only provide better health insurance for Rhode Islanders but also to promote better health care services and to drive down the overall cost of health care. Many specific topics such as Medicaid expansion and individual and small business tax credits are discussed within this framework.

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