In the 2017 legislative session, Rhode Island passed legislation improving price transparency by requiring hospitals to provide patients with a cost estimate of the anticipated services. However, a number of other initiatives designed to contain health care costs for health care consumers failed to pass. Two bills sought to directly set the prices health care providers can bill patients for their health care records. Another bill aimed to improve health care transparency by studying and analyzing patient liability health plans and by requiring health insurers to make their plans’ assessment, restriction, and utilization information available on their websites.

In the current session, Rhode Island has introduced a bill that would allow small business owners to purchase health plans offered by their State Exchange. Rhode Island is seeking a 1332 State Innovation waiver in conjunction with this bill.

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The Source tracks state activities impacting healthcare price and competition in both legislation and litigation in a searchable database to help stakeholders at the state level understand their legal and regulatory environment as they make efforts to improve access, quality, and efficiency, and reduce costs in healthcare. We currently cover bills from the 2017-2018 legislative term and key statutes from each state. Search the database for specific bills, statutes or cases by using keyword, key issue category, and/or jurisdiction.

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Rhode Island’s most recent legislative session ran from 1/2/2018 – 6/23/2018. Bills from 2017 were carried over to 2018 for the 2017-2018 legislative term.




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