The 2013 session of the Rhode Island General Assembly has officially,finally, wrapped up. With that, we turn to Rhode Island Public Radio’s health care reporter Kristin Gourlay for a recap of some of the most significant health legislation to pass and not pass and how it might affect you.
DAVE: So much happening in health care now in Rhode Island and nationally – from the implementation of the Affordable Care Act to rising health care prices. Did legislators tackle any of these big issues this session?
In its final hours, the Rhode Island General Assembly passed a new law that will, in its first year, provide up to four weeks of "temporary wage replacement benefits" to workers who take time off to care for a sick family member or to bond with a new child - biological, adopted, foster, or otherwise. The bill is awaiting the governor's signature, which it's expected to receive, and would go into effect in January 2014.
A measure that would expand the state’s Temporary Disability Insurance program has passed the Senate and now heads to the House. The bill could change things for Rhode Island workers who need to take time off from work to care for a family member.
State senator Gayle Goldin from Providence sponsored the bill creating the Temporary Caregiver Insurance program.