Health Care

CBO Report Fuels RI Reps' Distaste For GOP Health Plan

Mar 14, 2017
Congressional Budget Office

A report issued Monday by the Congressional Budget Office ran the numbers on the Republicans' plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, called the American Health Care Act. Among the highlights: 14 million Americans could lose coverage next year if the proposal moves forward, and nearly double that 10 years from now. The plan reduces the nation's deficit, but it does so by cutting Medicaid funding and reducing health care subsidies.

Rhode Island Hires New Medicaid Director

Mar 8, 2017

Rhode Island has hired a new Medicaid director. The hire comes at a time when major changes could be afoot for the state’s health insurance program for the poor and disabled.


Rhode Island’s congressional representatives and others are condemning the bill unveiled by U.S. House Republicans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. U.S. Representative David Cicilline says the bill would hurt Rhode Islanders.

The Republicans’ plan does away with the requirement that individuals have health insurance, though it does allow insurers to charge more for people whose coverage lapses. It would end expanded Medicaid coverage by 2020. And it would provide people with tax credits – up to $14,000 per family – to buy health insurance.

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Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin wants to list emerging synthetic opioids as controlled substances. Kilmartin says this would give law enforcement the opportunity to crack down on these addictive, dangerous drugs.

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Officials gathered at the Boston Medical Center to announce the largest private gift in the hospital's history. The $25 million donation will be used to address the opioid addiction and overdose epidemic.

Proposed Bill Would Expand Paid Family Leave

Mar 6, 2017
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Rhode Island Senator Gayle Goldin and Representative Shelby Maldonado are introducing legislation that would expand paid family leave through a program called Temporary Caregiver Insurance. The bill would allow more kinds of caregivers to take time off work to care for family members, and boost the wages they receive while away.

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Medical professionals and community members interested in transgender health are holding a conference today convened by Brown University, Rhode Island College, and nonprofit advocacy group the TGI Network. The conference comes at a time of heated rhetoric about transgender issues.

Health Insurers Face Uncertainty Crafting 2018 Plans

Mar 1, 2017

Health insurers are expected to file their plans for 2018 in May. They’re faced with uncertainty about how much to charge as federal lawmakers work on legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Should RI Change Tack To Reduce Overdose Deaths?

Feb 27, 2017
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Despite efforts to raise awareness and target groups at risk, overdose deaths continue to climb in Rhode Island. More than 320 Rhode Islanders died of opioid overdoses in 2016, compared to 290 in 2015. Soon after taking office, Governor Gina Raimondo convened a task force to reduce overdose deaths. Do they need to revisit their strategy?

ACLU Settles With State Over Food Stamp Delays

Feb 24, 2017
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The ACLU of Rhode Island has reached a settlement with the state over the state’s failure to provide food stamps on time. The suit argued the rocky rollout of a new public benefits system caused thousands of households to be denied or face lengthy waits for their benefits.  

Serpa Requests UHIP Contractor Audit

Feb 22, 2017
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Warwick Representative Patricia Serpa has requested that the state’s Auditor General conduct an audit of all payments to contractors involved in the public benefits computer system known as UHIP. Rhode Island Auditor General Dennis Hoyle has accepted her request according to a statement from the Rhode Island General Assembly.

Stanford University

Researchers at Brown University have helped advance a technology  that allows people to use a computer with nothing but brain power.  The project, dubbed BrainGate, is helping paralyzed people type faster and more accurately than ever before.


The bills are part of an effort to boost mental illness prevention and access to treatment. The Senate Health and Human Services Committee held a series of hearings last fall on the state of Rhode Island's mental health system. Lawmakers produced a report with several recommendations based on hours of testimony from health care providers, patients, and advocates.

Laying The Blame, Then Plotting A Course, For UHIP

Feb 15, 2017
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Problems with the state’s new online public assistance system, UHIP, are much more significant than anyone realized. 

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A report on the roll out of the state’s new public benefits program, UHIP, is damning. The message: the problems are worse than we thought.