Quality Forum conference Baltimore 2010Upcoming Workshops: Small Business Health Insurance

The Taskforce is partnering with Chambers of Commerce and business organizations around Rhode Island to bring you a 1-hour seminar on the ins and outs of the small business health insurance market. Click a link below to register.

March 12: Central Rhode Island Chamber

March 13: Newport County Chamber

March 24: North Central RI Chamber

Providence Plan Request for Qualifications – Select Professional Services for 2015

In conjunction with its procurement procedures, The Providence Plan (ProvPlan) seeks responses to this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the selection of professional services in two distinct areas:  1) health policy, analysis, and research and 2) graphic design.  ProvPlan anticipates having the potential need for each of these services throughout 2015, beginning as early as March 1. Read more.

IMG_0254Taskforce Leader on Rhode Island Public Radio

Rob Cagnetta, Taskforce member and leader and owner of Heritage Restoration in Providence, sat down with Rhode Island Public Radio’s Kristin Gourlay to talk about what the next governor can do to control health care costs. Listen at RIPR.org

Providence_Journal_Projo_new_logo_2011Insurance chief holds down rate increases for R.I.

Small business owner and Taskforce member Rob Cagnetta speaks to ProJo reporter about the newly approved rates. Read the article in the Providence Journal.

6d08c355440e7b98df2ca27d377b21edWatch the Small Employer Taskforce on “Executive Suite

Ted Nesi talks with Taskforce member Steve Boyle of the Greater Cranston Chamber and Taskforce Coordinator Mark Gray about healthcare costs’ impact on small employers. Watch the show at wpri.com

Blue_Cross_Blue_Shield_RI_new_headquartersBlueCross Wants Small Employers to Pay 8% More for Health Insurance Next Year; United wants 16%

The requested rates must be approved by OHIC before they can take effect next year. Included in this annual Rate Review process is a public input meeting, where small employers who purchase health insurance are invited to comment on how the proposed increases might impact their business or organization.

1978837_704690356262261_159790700_nSteve Boyle: Stop soaking R.I. small businesses for health programs

Read Cranston Chamber President and Small Employer Taskforce member Steve Boyle’s latest op-ed in the Providence Journal.

050505c United Announces Rival Exchange at Taskforce Forum

by Harold Ambler The announcement by Stephen Farrell, president and CEO of UnitedHealthcare of New England, at a meeting of the Health Insurance Small Employer Taskforce last week that United planned to open a private health insurance “exchange” is part of a broader trend both in New England and nationally that is seeing insurance carriers and brokers expand their presences beyond the traditional health insurance marketplace. PBN.com

IMG_0254Taskforce Member Rob Cagnetta: Business Community is not Unified on Issue of HealthSource RI Funding.

Read the opinion by Rob–co-authored with Dr. Paul Block of HealthRIght–submitted in response to a position paper issued last week by the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce and other business groups.

healthyRIForum: Health Care Planning in Rhode Island

Lieutenant Governor Roberts joined OHIC officials and Taskforce members and leaders on December 9 to discuss the state of healthcare planning in RI.  Click here to learn about the forum and view the presentation.

LEARN: Bending the Cost Curve

On April 4, 2013 Michael Bailit returned with a great presentation geared toward small employers. Click here to learn about health plan innovations that are lowering the rates of insurance increases while improving health outcomes.

LEARN: Click Here for the Exchange presentation from our February 28th Meeting

Gearing up for the ACA and the Exchange – What Small Employers Need to Know in 2013 with guest speaker Rhode Island Health Benefits Exchange Executive Director Christine Ferguson.

ENGAGE: Small Employer Health Insurance Purchaser Profiles

Real stats and stories of Rhode Island businesses and organizations.  Add your profile and show how high insurance costs affect you and your workplace.

ENGAGE: Sign Up for Taskforce Updates

Sign our mailing list today and stay up to date on RI Health Insurance news and upcoming Taskforce events and meetings.

LEARN: What you can do about rising health care COSTS 
Our COSTS presentation handout- what you can do to lower your insurance costs today!

LEARN: Understand the Drivers of Healthcare Costs 
A great visual aid describing all of the moving parts driving health care costs.