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.
Given the decline of employer based health insurance, it is clear that a growing share of Rhode Islanders are, and will be purchasing health insurance directly, rather than through their employers. This project is intended to determine how best to support these individuals, and facilitate individual purchasing going forward. This study will critically examine the concept of an exchange (or “HealthHub RI”) as both a purchasing mechanism and a policy setting entity, so that this infrastructure will be well understood and poised for implementation when coverage expansion opportunities come into play.