Lynn Arditi

Healthcare Reporter

Arditi joins RIPR after more than three decades as a reporter, including 28 years at the Providence Journal, where she has covered a variety of beats, most recently health care. A native of New York City, she graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in government and has worked as a staff writer for The Center for Investigative Reporting in Washington, D.C. and as a reporter for the former Holyoke Transcript-Telegram in Massachusetts.

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Rhode Island health clinics would be prohibited from providing abortion services or referrals if they receive federal Title X funds, under the Trump administration’s proposed changes to the family-planning program.


Dozens of medical professionals and community groups are asking the Rhode Island Senate to delay a scheduled vote Wednesday on a bill to mandate life sentences for drug dealers in fatal overdose cases.

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A new report by Blue Cross Blue Shield shows Rhode Island has the highest rate of diagnosis for major depression in the country.

Major depression -- characterized by persistent sadness and trouble performing routine daily activities – is second only to high blood pressure in its impact on overall health for Americans covered by commercial insurance, according to Blue Cross.


Care New England officials on Thursday reported it would be operating in the black if it weren’t for the ongoing losses from the now-closed Memorial Hospital.

Rhode Island’s second-largest hospital system reported a $7 million net loss from operations during the first three months of 2018. That included an $8.5 million loss from the Pawtucket hospital, which closed last January.

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At the urging of the Rhode Island Medical Society, Governor Gina M. Raimondo has agreed to explore the creation of safe injection sites in Rhode Island.

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Advocates gathered at the Rhode Island Statehouse Tuesday to raise awareness about mental illness at start of Mental Health Month. Among those speaking was the brother of a Harvard graduate and professional hockey player from Warwick who took his own life.


CVS Health paid its CEO Larry J.Merlo compensation totaling more than $18 million last year. That’s according to a proxy statement filed Tuesday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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The federal government is threatening to withhold nearly $1 million dollars in reimbursements to Rhode Island because of ongoing problems with the state’s computerized benefits system that administers the nutrition assistance program known as food stamps.

Children's Friend

Testimony is expected Tuesday before the House Finance Committee on Governor Gina Raimondo’s proposed fiscal 2019 budget for the state's Department of Children, Youth and Families. 

The child-welfare agency was the subject of two scathing reports last year, by the Office of the State Child Advocate, for its handling of cases involving children who were seriously injured or died in its care.


Rhode Island health officials report drug overdose deaths last year declined about 4 percent, the first significant decline in nearly a decade.

The final count, released Monday, showed the decline was not as significant as early reporting suggested. And the decline in opioid-related overdose deaths last year was even smaller – 1.4 percent – state data shows.

Fewer children in Rhode Island are living in poverty but more face longer wait times for in-patient psychiatric care, according to the Rhode Island Kids Count 2018 Factbook released Monday.


Public health experts are opposing a bill introduced at the request of state Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin to mandate life sentences for drug dealers in fatal overdose cases.


The Rhode Island Foundation announced Friday the award of $280,000 in grants to improve Rhode Islanders’ access to health care.  

The Blackstone Valley Community Health Center, Clinica Esperanza and The Rhode Island Free Clinic were among the organizations sharing in the grant awards.  These community health centers offer primary care for residents in underserved areas such as Central Falls and the Olneyville section of Providence.

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A research team led by Rhode Island Hospital’s chief of infectious diseases has discovered a new class of antibiotics that could one day help fight bacteria that have developed resistance to current antibiotics.


More than two dozen Rhode Island cities and towns have joined a growing legal attack against the manufacturers and wholesalers of prescription opioids.