lsSmall Employer Profile: The Green Grocer – “Time to Pull Back the Curtain”

The owner of a natural food market in Portsmouth has seen his health insurance costs rise 40% in 7 years. Read more.

OlogoHIC Approves Rate Increases for 2016

The Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner has released its approval of health plan rates for 2016. See the approved rates.

150305_gluck_burwell_apWith HealthSource RI, more to consider than just individual subsidies

Before this month’s landmark King v. Burwell decision, it was unclear whether or not states without their own health insurance exchanges would be able to continue to receive subsidies… Read More

CaptureTaskforce Reacts to Governor’s New Working Group

The announcement of Governor Raimondo’s new Working Group for Healthcare Innovation is exciting news. Dozens of members of the Small Employer Taskforce delivered public comments… Read More

Providence_Journal_Projo_new_logo_2011“R.I. Insurers Request Hefty Rate Increases”

Health reporter Rich Salit talks to Commissioner Hittner. Read the article at

logo2016 Rate Requests are In: United Wants Small Businesses to Pay 13.5% More

Rhode Island’s health insurers have submitted their proposed rates for 2016 to the Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner (OHIC). See the rate requests.

CE97X2UWEAIvTVhTaskforce Forum: Health Care Costs and Economic Development 

Small business owners and nonprofit leaders joined a conversation with state officials on how the rising cost of health insurance is impacting small business growth. Read more.

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Taskforce in the News

Small Employer Taskforce Co-Chair Rob Cagnetta talked to the Providence Business News about the Health Insurance Commissioner’s new Affordability Standards. Read the article at

RaimondoRaimondo Defends Proposed Tax on Health Insurance Premiums

The Governor’s budget proposal includes surcharges assessed on all small group and individual health insurance premiums to support HealthSource RI. Read the Providence Journal article.

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

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.

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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.

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.