Lou DiPalma

The Rhode Island House budget vote is monkeying with our column-writing schedule, so this week's TGIF is a bit abbreviated. But we're still checking the pulse of Ocean State politics and appreciate your stopping by. Your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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Rhode Island state Sen. Louis DiPalma (D-Middletown) joins Political Roundtable to discuss fallout from recent issues at the state Executive Office of Health and Human Services, the House version of the state budget, and the intensifying race for governor.

Rhode Island state Sen. Louis DiPalma (D-Middletown) joins Bonus Q&A to discuss Medicaid spending, the PawSox stadium debate, incentives, the potential legalization of marijuana and other issues.

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Health care costs for poor residents keep increasing in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders if one of these state governments is giving some businesses a free ride.

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Rhode Island lawmakers have proposed legislation that would require more of the state’s human service agencies to participate in the biannual caseload estimating conference. That’s a session for legislators to hear how many people are being served by programs like Medicaid, as opposed to how many people those programs projected they’d be serving. And there’s often a difference.

The Pulse: Legislators Line Up Health Care Priorities

Jan 14, 2016
Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

A new General Assembly session is underway, and already the House and Senate are casting votes on critical issues. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Kristin Gourlay has been checking in with leaders in both bodies to find out what their health care legislation priorities are. 

DCYF Reform: A Progress Report

Oct 7, 2015
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It's not just financial irregularities plaguing the child welfare agency. There are lists of reforms officials must tackle - including 20 specific recommendations from a group of lawmakers.

Background
When the state’s child welfare agency told the General Assembly it would need another cash infusion to make it through the end of the year, a group of lawmakers decided to dig in to the root cause of the agency’s financial problems.

Lawmakers Continue DCYF Oversight At Tuesday Hearing

Oct 5, 2015
John Bender / RIPR

Lawmakers continue their oversight of the state’s troubled child welfare agency with a quarterly hearing tomorrow.  

The joint Senate Health and Human Services Committee and Senate Finance Committee has been monitoring the progress of the Department of Children, Youth, and Families since 2014. That’s when budget overruns prompted more scrutiny of the agency, and several reports found the problems ran deeper than money. 

Children In Crisis: Documents, Data, And Resources

Aug 13, 2015
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Want to take a deeper dive into Rhode Island's child welfare system? Here's a selection of reports and documents about the Department of Children, Youth, and Families, plus links to resources for anyone interested in getting involved or learning more.

John Bender / RIPR

A Senate task force has come out with a troubling report on Rhode Island’s Department of Children Youth and Families – the agency that oversees child welfare and the state’s foster care system. 

The report found significant evidence that some children in the system are not being well-served, leading to questions about how the department is run.

Rhode Island Public Radio education reporter Elisabeth Harrison talked about the issue with task force co-chair State Senator Lou DiPalma.