Elizabeth Roberts http://ripr.org en Lt. Gov. Defends HealthSource RI http://ripr.org/post/lt-gov-defends-healthsource-ri <p>Lawmakers are being asked to decide the fate of HealthSource RI, the state’s online health insurance exchange. At issue is how to pay for it, or whether to scrap it. And plenty of voices are weighing in on the conversation. The latest claims state officials were told years ago that building an exchange wasn’t viable but did it anyway.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 20:36:45 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 34616 at http://ripr.org Rep. Frank Ferri of Warwick mulling Democratic Lt. Gov. run http://ripr.org/post/rep-frank-ferri-warwick-mulling-democratic-lt-gov-run <p>Rep. Frank Ferri, D-Warwick, said today he may become the third candidate to vy for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor.</p><p>Ferri represents House District 22. He was first elected in a 2007 special election to fill the seat vacated by former Rep. Peter Ginaitt, who left the House for an executive post at the Lifespan hospital chain.</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 20:37:12 +0000 Scott MacKay 33177 at http://ripr.org Ready: RI's Road Map For Health Care Transformation http://ripr.org/post/ready-ris-road-map-health-care-transformation <p>A little while ago I mentioned this plan was being drafted, and open for public comment. The final product is available now, and it's worth a read, here: http://www.healthcare.ri.gov/healthyri/resources/SHIPwithAppendix.pdf (.pdf opens another document).</p><p>First, this document, the "Rhode Island State Healthcare Innovation Plan," produced out of Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts' office, is a great snapshot of the state's health care system. If you want a primer on our health care system, our biggest health problems, and where the opportunities lie for fixing them, look it over.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 20:56:03 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 27730 at http://ripr.org Sen. Whitehouse To Focus On Health Reform Success In RI http://ripr.org/post/sen-whitehouse-focus-health-reform-success-ri <p>Senator Sheldon Whitehouse will hold a roundtable discussion Monday on how the Affordable Care Act is benefiting the state. He hopes to call attention to efforts to reduce costs and improve quality.</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 17:42:44 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 25451 at http://ripr.org Sen. Whitehouse To Focus On Health Reform Success In RI RI's Road Map For Health Care Transformation http://ripr.org/post/ris-road-map-health-care-transformation <p>How do you transform an entire health care system? First, you need a plan.</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 17:11:11 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 24449 at http://ripr.org HealthSource RI Working, But Bedeviled By Federal Database http://ripr.org/post/healthsource-ri-working-bedeviled-federal-database <p>Hiccups in a federal database have caused some problems for Rhode Island’s own online health insurance marketplace, health-source RI. That database is working again now. But there are ongoing issues with verifying an applicant’s identity.</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 20:40:20 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 24103 at http://ripr.org Putting The State Alzheimers Plan To Work http://ripr.org/post/putting-state-alzheimers-plan-work <p>I spoke with Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts this afternoon about her work on the state Alzheimers plan, what she calls a "living document" meant to guide&nbsp; and coordinate Rhode Island's efforts to care for those with Alzheimers and those who care for them.</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 18:39:33 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 24090 at http://ripr.org Putting The State Alzheimers Plan To Work Rhode Island Rolls Out "Operation Holiday Cheer" For Troops http://ripr.org/post/rhode-island-rolls-out-operation-holiday-cheer-troops <p>“Operation Holiday Cheer” was officially launched Wednesday. The Lt. Governor’s Office, Rhode Island National Guard and several organizations and businesses are teaming up to send care packages to Rhode Island guardsmen overseas during the holidays.</p><p>Capt. Michael Calcagni got a care package last year. He said it makes difference when you’re away from family during the holidays. “However when you’re away one thing that is always uplifting, no matter what time of year, is mail call,” said Calcagni. “And when you can’t be home and mail brings home to you, it’s even better.”</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 19:40:10 +0000 Catherine Welch 24025 at http://ripr.org Rhode Island Rolls Out "Operation Holiday Cheer" For Troops HealthSourceRI, RI's Obamacare debuts http://ripr.org/post/healthsourceri-ris-obamacare-debuts <p>Rhode Island&rsquo;s experiment in crafting a 21<sup>st</sup> Century health care marketplace begins tomorrow Tues. Oct 1). RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on why we should be rooting for success.</p><p>From the Williamette Valley to the Pawtuxet Valley, the debate over the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, rages among politicians and the media. Some congressional Tea Party conservatives are even threatening to shut down the federal government if Obamacare goes forward.</p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 19:37:41 +0000 Scott MacKay 22358 at http://ripr.org Transportation: A Big Challenge for Those With Dementia http://ripr.org/post/transportation-big-challenge-those-dementia <p>Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts toured the state with an all-volunteer work group for a number of listening sessions to get a better sense of what’s available to those suffering from dementia and their caregivers. They also wanted to hear about what more can be done to help residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia.</p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 06:38:00 +0000 Catherine Welch 21366 at http://ripr.org