Health Care en Chafee To Sign Dense Breast Notification Law <p>Governor Lincoln Chafee will sign legislation today in a ceremony at the Statehouse that requires health care providers to tell women if they have dense breast tissue. The law is aimed at helping detect cancers a mammogram might miss.</p><p>Dense breast tissue is pretty common, especially in younger women. The issue is that dense tissue can make it more difficult for a mammogram to “see” cancerous growths. You may not be able to tell whether your breasts are made up of more dense tissue, but a radiologist can see it on a mammogram.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:59:04 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 37442 at Chafee To Sign Dense Breast Notification Law WaterFire Lighting Spotlights Hepatitis C <p>This Saturday, <a href="">WaterFire Providence </a>is dedicated to raising awareness about hepatitis C. Organizers are offering free hepatitis C screenings at the event.</p><p>WaterFire volunteers will light more than eighty bonfires along the downtown river on Saturday night. A group called <a href="">Rhode Island Defeats Hep C</a>, led by <strong>Dr. Lynn Taylor</strong>, organized the lighting.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 37235 at WaterFire Lighting Spotlights Hepatitis C Rhode Island Kids Rank 26th In Well-Being <p>Children are worse off in Rhode Island than in the rest of New England. But there are some bright spots in an annual report about kids’ well-being.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:16:15 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 37111 at Surge In Children Removed From Homes Due To Neglect Or Abuse In Rhode Island <p>A reported surge in the number of children removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect is raising concern across the state.&nbsp; Addiction is a major cause.</p><p></p><p>Chris Dorval manages programs at an addiction treatment facility called Clinical Services of Rhode Island. Dorval says that over the past couple of years, he’s treated a growing number of clients whose children have been removed from their homes. But Dorval said he thinks there’s more to it than just the increasing <em>number</em> of people addicted to opioids like heroin and prescription painkillers.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:13:58 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 37089 at Lifespan Hits Employees Who Use Tobacco With Surcharge <p>Lifespan, one of Rhode Island's largest employers, is implementing a new policy that will make employees who use tobacco products pay a surcharge.</p><p>The policy will tack on an extra $600 a year to the medical benefits of any employee or spouse or domestic partner covered by company insurance who uses tobacco products. That includes cigarettes, chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes.</p><p>Lifespan will also offer employees free smoking cessation programs.</p><p>Lifespan’s CEO says it’s a way to encourage employees to quit. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:17:07 +0000 Catherine Welch 36718 at How Rhode Island Is Doing In The Fight Against Lead Paint Poisoning <p>The U.S. outlawed lead paint in 1978. Yet it still covers the walls of many older homes, particularly here in the northeast. When that paint chips or peels, it poses a serious danger especially to kids. But in 2005, Rhode Island passed a law requiring some landlords to clean up lead paint. And a group of researchers recently set out to find out if it’s working. Hasbro Children’s Hospital pediatrician and Brown University school of public health associate professor doctor Patrick Vivier is one of those researchers. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:45:44 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 36506 at How Rhode Island Is Doing In The Fight Against Lead Paint Poisoning Locals React to Supreme Court Abortion Ruling <p>The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn a Massachusetts law meant to keep protesters 35 feet away from abortion clinics is drawing local reaction.</p><p>Rhode Island ACLU head Steve Brown says he thinks the court struck the right balance in this ruling, a balance between the right to free speech and the right to have an abortion. He says the court appropriately noted that clinics have other ways of dealing with protestors who cross a line.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:39:20 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 35849 at Locals React to Supreme Court Abortion Ruling Lifespan, BCBSRI Ink Accountable Care Deal <p>The state’s largest hospital chain and largest insurer have inked an agreement to share patient data that will help them look for ways to improve health and save money. The deal is the largest of its kind in the state and could shape health care for more than 35,000 Rhode Islanders.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 17:00:15 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 35769 at Looking At Next Year's Changes To The State's Health Insurance Landscape <p>How much will health insurance cost you next year? Well, you’ll find out soon. Health insurers have submitted their plans for next year, including how much they want to charge customers and what benefits those plans will include.</p><p>In Rhode Island, it’s the office of the health insurance commissioner that reviews those plans and decides whether to approve or reject them, or ask for some changes.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 13:23:04 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 35441 at Looking At Next Year's Changes To The State's Health Insurance Landscape Small Businesses Ask Insurance Commissioner For Relief <p>Small business owners are hoping the state’s health insurance commissioner will hold the line on the cost of health insurance for next year. The commissioner’s office is taking public comment on those proposed rates now. And at a public hearing last night, several small business owners testified about how rising insurance costs are eating into their bottom line. Bruce Dawson owns Central Tools in Pawtucket.</p><p></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 19:55:12 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 35395 at Small Businesses Ask Insurance Commissioner For Relief