Consumer protection is at the core of all of the work of the Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner. OHIC is here to help consumers understand the healthcare system, and to protect Rhode Island consumers by making sure federal and state laws are followed.
LET THE BUYER BEWARE:
Recent Increase in Fraudulent Activity
There has been an increase in the number of reports of Rhode Island consumers being contacted by insurers or agents who are not licensed in Rhode Island trying to sell “low priced” health insurance. This may be unlawful practice, and consumers should not to share any private information unless you have independently verified that you are speaking with an appropriately licensed company or individual.
Often, the sellers are promoting insurance products that are very low cost, but that actually cover none or very little of the health care that you need insurance for. These misleading “policies” are often not allowed for sale in Rhode Island.
Should you need information about a health insurance policy, or any other health insurance question, please call our consumer assistance partner, RIPIN, at 401-270-0101.
If you suspect fraudulent activity please contact the “Consumer Protection Unit” of the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office by visiting: http://www.riag.ri.gov/ConsumerProtection/About.php
OHIC's mission is to protect Rhode Island consumers. To help, OHIC created this guide to consumer resources and educational materials. Below you will find information to help you understand the health insurance system.
Resolving Issues and Filing Complaints
Are you having issues with your insurer or need assistance with your health insurance plan? Our consumer assistance partner, RIREACH, can help you navigate the healthcare system and access the services you need.
If you need insurance, OHIC can direct you to community partners who can help you find the right plan. OHIC cannot directly advise you on the purchase of a plan. To buy insurance through Rhode Island's health insurance exchange, please visit HealthSource RI, or call 1-855-840-4774. You may be eligible for tax credits to reduce your cost for insurance if you buy insurance through HealthSource RI. The health insurance companies who sell plans through HealthSource RI are:
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island; and
- Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island
Learn More About Healthcare in RI
Materials to help better understand the healthcare system are available at:The Commonwealth Fund
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
To learn more about HealthSource RI, Rhode Island's state-based health insurance exchange, please visit www.healthsourceri.com. HealthSource RI also has information on the insurance basics, available here.
Solitcitation of Public Comment: Proposed Rate Increase for 2018
Solicitation of Public Comment: Proposed Rate Increases for United Health Care Medicare Supplement Insurance (Notice | Filing 1, Filing 2, Filing 3 | Consumer Narrative Standardized Filing - UHLC-131048075, Consumer Narrative Standardized Filing - UHLC-131050439)
Solicitation of Public Comment: Proposed Rate Increases for 2017
Solicitation of Public Comment: Proposed Rate Increases for United Health Care Medicare Supplement Insurance (Notice | Filing, Filing 2, Filing 3| Consumer Narrative MIPPA Filing, Consumer Narrative Standardized Filing)
CONSUMER FRAUD ALERT
Be Careful When Purchasing Health Insurance
In the wake of the passage of federal health reform, consumers are reminded to be aware of scam artists attempting to defraud them with phony offers of health insurance.