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Health Care
11:40 am
Mon February 24, 2014

RI Hospitals Post Operating Losses for 2013

Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket, a member of the Hospital Association of Rhode Island.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Rhode Island hospitals posted a nearly $59 million dollar operating loss in 2013. That’s just one aspect of a troubling economic picture emerging in a new report on the state of the state’s hospitals.

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The Pulse
1:07 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Thousands of RI Latinos May Qualify for Obamacare

A new analysis out from the US Health and Human Services agency estimates that about 17,000 uninsured Latinos in Rhode Island may qualify for assistance buying a health insurance plan on HealthSource RI or for Medicaid. That's out of RI's total Latino population of about 112,000. Both seem like sizeable numbers for a state of only about a million.

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Health Care
11:45 am
Tue February 11, 2014

HealthSource RI Enrollments Pass 16K; Sign-Up Deadline Nears

HealthSource RI says enrollment numbers have nearly doubled since January.
Credit file / RIPR

Rhode Island’s online health insurance exchange has nearly doubled enrollment numbers since January. The news comes as the deadline for individuals to get covered is less than two weeks away.

More than 16,000 Rhode Islanders have enrolled in health insurance plans on HealthSource RI as of this past weekend. That’s up from 9800 at the beginning of January.  HealthSource RI says most enrollees have qualified for some kind of help paying for those plans – a reduced monthly premium and assistance with co-pays and deductibles.

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The Pulse
1:24 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

RI County Tops List Of Uninsured

Snapshot of the interactive map of America's uninsured, analysis for the AP by SHADAC.
Credit Associated Press / University of Minnesota, State Health Access Data Assistance Center

A new analysis of some of the most recent census data for the Associated Press by the University of Minnesota's State Health Access Data Assistance Center finds that half the nation's uninsured people under age 65 live in just 116 of the nation's 3143 counties.

Providence County, RI is one of those, as you can see on this map here.

More than 15% of the county's 500,000 or so citizens are uninsured, according to the analysis.

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The Pulse
1:21 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Insurers Spending More On Primary Care

News from the state's health insurance commissioner (OHIC): insurers are making good on their commitment to invest more of their premium revenue in primary care. OHIC directed insurers to raise the amount they spend on their members' primary care by one percentage point every year for four years. And in a new report the agency says they're going to hit those targets.

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The Pulse
1:07 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Obamacare Sign-Ups: What The Numbers Mean

Here's a sampling of headlines from the past two days about the latest Obamacare exchange enrollment numbers (thanks to Kaiser Health News for rounding these up):

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Health Care
5:00 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Concern Growing That Low Income Parents Can't Afford Health Insurance

Many of the state's poorest residents may run into trouble under Obamacare.
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

About 4500 parents who used to have health insurance through RIte Care, the state’s Medicaid program, will have to reapply for insurance if they want to remain covered after the end of the month. The biggest concern is that the poorest Rhode Islanders may not be able to afford it.

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The Pulse
4:07 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Update: RIte Care, Low Income Rhode Islanders, And The ACA

Some of the lowest-income Rhode Islanders may be losing their health insurance coverage or paying a bit more for it by the end of this month.

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Health Care
1:28 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

HealthSource RI Signs Up 9800 For Jan. 1 Coverage

Rhode Island’s health insurance exchange reports that more than 9800 Rhode Islanders have signed up for health coverage with private insurance plans to date. And while you might have missed the deadline to get covered as of January 1st, enrollment remains open through March 31st.

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The Pulse
12:27 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

The Bottom Health Stories of 2013

Lots of news organizations, including this one, are ticking off the year's top 10 stories. I'd like to run through some of Rhode Island's bottom health stories, meaning the ones least likely to have appeared on radar screens - but which should have. And don't worry: there's some good news in here too!

In no particular order:

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