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1/13/2021 Media Advisory: Senate Health and Human Services Committee to hear insurance bills
STATE HOUSE – The Senate Health and Human Services Committee is scheduled to meet virtually via WebEx tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 14, at 4 p.m. for hearings on several bills pertaining to insurance coverage.

The committee’s calendar includes:
  • 2021-S 0003 — Sponsored by Sen. V. Susan Sosnowski (D-Dist. 37, South Kingstown, New Shoreham), this bill would prohibit insurers from charging higher rates based on gender.
  • 2021-S 0004 — This bill sponsored by Health and Human Services Committee Chairman Joshua Miller (D-Dist. 28, Cranston, Providence) would amend the provisions of the Telemedicine Coverage Act and provide coverage for telemedicine under Rhode Island Medicaid.
  • 2021-S 0005 — Also sponsored by Chairman Miller, this bill would enact a list of 10 essential health benefits that all individual, large group and small employer health insurance policies would be required to provide.
The State House remains closed to the public. The meeting will be televised by Capitol Television, which can be seen on Cox Channels 15, and 61, in high definition on Cox Channel 1061, on Full Channel on Channel 15 and on Channel 34 by Verizon subscribers. It will also be live streamed at

Members of the public wishing to testify may submit written testimony to Testimony submitted by 2 p.m. Thursday will be provided to the members of the committee at the hearing and will be included in the meeting records. Testimony submitted after that time will be placed on file.

Those who would prefer to provide verbal testimony may email by Wednesday at 4 p.m. with the following information: bill number, whether the testimony is for or against the bill, and name and affiliation (if any) and phone number where the party can be reached to give the testimony.

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