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11/18/2019 Media Advisory: New commission on reimbursement rates, health care access to meet Wednesday
STATE HOUSE – A new legislative commission to study the impacts of insurance reimbursement rates on access to health care will meet for the first time Wednesday.

The Special Legislative Commission to Study the Impact of Insurer Payments on Access to Health Care is scheduled to hold its first meeting Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Room 313 on the third floor of the State House.

The commission was created as a result of legislation (2019-S 1038) sponsored by Senate Health and Human Services Committee Chairman Joshua Miller (D-Dist. 28, Cranston, Providence) to explore whether the sufficiency of payments to providers of medical, dental and mental health care may be negatively impacting the ability of Rhode Islanders to access appropriate care in appropriate settings.

The meeting will include opening remarks by Senator Miller, as well as a presentation by Neil Sarkar, interim president and CEO of the Rhode Island Quality Institute and founding director of the Center for Biomedical Informatics at Brown University, who is also a member of the new commission. There will also be a roundtable discussion. Public comments will be welcome.

Besides Senator Miller, who will serve as the chairman; and Sarkar; the commission includes Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D-Dist. 12, Middletown, Newport, Little Compton, Tiverton); Sen. Thomas J. Paolino (R-Dist. 17, Lincoln, North Providence, North Smithfield); Health Insurance Commissioner Marie Ganim, Health and Human Services Secretary Womazetta Jones; Rhode Island Medical Society President Dr. Peter A. Hollmann or his designee; Dr. David Kroessler, a community-based psychiatrist; Rhode Island Health Center Association President and CEO Jane Hayward; Substance Use and Mental Health Leadership Council President and CEO Susan A. Storti; Blue Cross Blue Shield of R.I. Chief Medical Officer Dr. Matthew Collins or his designee; United Healthcare Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ana R. Stankovic or her designee; Hospital Association of Rhode Island President Teresa Paiva Weed or her designee; CODAC Behavioral Healthcare President and CEO Linda E. Hurley; Delta Dental President and CEO Joseph R. Perroni or his designee, community-based psychologist Peter M. Oppenheimer and RI Primary Care Physicians Corporation COO Noah Benedict.

For more information, contact:
Meredyth R. Whitty, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-1923