The OHIC establishes committees to assist in its work as necessary. Some of these committees meet on an ongoing basis while others have specific tasks and disband after their work is completed. Committees are often comprised of representatives from both within the State Government and a variety of outside organizations.
The Health Insurance Advisory Council exists to obtain information and present concerns to the Health Insurance Commissioner of consumers, businesses, and medical providers affected by health insurance decisions.
HealthHub RI is a planning project, commissioned by the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, as a follow up to the “Mission, Healthy Rhode Island” meetings of the fall/winter 2008. The project is funded by the State Coverage Initiative (SCI) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner provides health insurance expertise and support for this project as requested by the Lieutenant Governor.
The insurance market merger task force exists to assist in developing a legislative report to “examine and study the impact of changing small employer rating guidelines and/or merging with the individual health insurance market.
The long-term charge to the Task Force is to recommend changes to health care payment methods used by all payers that
realign incentives to promote high-quality and cost-efficient care.
The Wellness Advisory Committee exists to make recommendations regarding the requirements for a wellness health benefit plan (later dubbed HEALTHpact) to small employers and Direct Pay subscribers.
Towards more fair treatment of providers, the OHIC convened a workgroup of doctors, hospitals and insurers (Plan/Provider Workgroup) to achieve administrative efficiencies in several areas.