Rhode Island’s health insurance commissioner is asking the public to weigh in on health insurance rates tonight. Health insurers have to file a request with the state to raise rates every year. Most have asked for increases in monthly premiums, for individuals, small businesses, and large group plans.
The insurance companies say they need the increase to pay for the rising costs of health care, as well as a proposed tax to help pay for HealthSource RI.
The meeting tonight at the Public Utilities Commission in Warwick comes before the health commissioner decides whether to approve those rates.
Critics have raised concerns the higher rates will strain low income residents and small businesses.
Look up proposed rates for each of the health insurers' plans here.