Gov. Gina Raimondo has appointed a working group to "reinvent Medicaid." The group must present the Governor with ideas for trimming costs and improving quality by the end of April. Sounds wonky, perhaps, but this is a big and important job. The results could affect all of us. How?
Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.
This week Dave and Mark sit down with Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien to find out how he's adjusting to news of a new ownership group for the Pawtucket Red Sox and their plan to move the team to Providence.
Homeownership rates for Latinos in Rhode Island are well below the national average. New data show 25 percent of the of the state’s Latinos own their own home, compared the national average of 45 percent. That’s according to study by the Latino Policy Institute, and Housing Works RI. From 2007 to 2013, the cost of home ownership far outpaced incomes for Latinos in the state.
What’s more, the number of Latinos grew by more than 50 percent since 2000, making them the fastest growing population in the state.
Providence NAACP branch President Jim Vincent talks with Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison, and WPRI investigative reporter Tim White, about community-race relations in the state, as the media has turned its focus from the demonstrations this summer. Vincent also weighs in on the lack of diversity in state government, and asks what National Black History month really achieves.
Governor Gina Raimondo is asking a group of healthcare leaders to tackle the cost of Medicaid. The program provides healthcare for poor and elderly Rhode Islanders.
The per-patient cost for Medicaid in Rhode Island is the second highest in the nation, and the rising price tag is eating up too much of the state budget. That was the message from Governor Gina Raimondo, as she signed an executive order to create a working group on Medicaid.
Raimondo said if the state doesn’t address the issue, the consequences could be dire.
President of the NAACP Providence branch Jim Vincent joins the Political Roundtable this week. Vincent weighs in on the recent sale of the Pawtucket Red Sox, and the team's possible move to Providence. He also discusses the resignation of Rhode Island Health Department head Michael Fine and the American Civil Liberties Union report on racial disparities in Rhode Island's schools and prison system.
Hear more of our conversation with Jim Vincent in our Bonus Q&A.
Words Unlimited, Rhode Island’s organization of sports writers, sportscasters and sports publicists, will honor 14 individuals and three teams for their 2014 accomplishments, or their careers, at its 69th Annual Sports Awards Banquet on Sunday at the West Valley Inn in West Warwick.
Bill Reynolds, a Providence Journal award-winning columnist since 1984 and author of 12 books, will be inducted into WU’s Hall of Fame. His Saturday column, For What It’s Worth, is must reading for Rhode Islanders.
State police and state and federal health officials are investigating the apparent abuse of three patients with profound disabilities at the state-run Eleanor Slater Hospital. Gov. Gina Raimondo said the alleged abuses are upsetting.
Raimondo said Maria Montanaro, the new director she appointed to state department of behavioral healthcare, is conducting a robust investigation.