Medicaid

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

UPDATE: Gov. Gina Raimondo has appointed Tom Guthlein Acting Associate Director of Program Operations at DHS to oversee the customer service team. Director Melba Depeña-Affigne’s role has not changed.

Memorial Hospital

Here’s what’s happening in health in Rhode Island, Nov. 29: MEDICAID: Rhode Island has been awarded about $130 million dollars from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid to continue overhauling its Medicaid program.

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Rhode Island has been awarded $130 million dollars over the next five years from the federal government to continue its work overhauling Medicaid. The health insurance program for the poor serves nearly one in three Rhode Islanders. T he money is earmarked for efforts that pay for better quality care instead of the quantity of care.

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Sen. Josh Miller (D-Cranston) has had a front row seat during the implementation of Obamacare in Rhode Island. Now, the prospect of a Trump presidency is creating uncertainty among proponents of the law.

Brown Medicine Magazine

Here’s what’s happening in health in Rhode Island, Nov. 1: OPEN ENROLLMENT : Today (Nov. 1) is the beginning of open enrollment for health insurance plans sold on the state’s Obamacare exchange, HealthSource RI .

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State lawmakers grilled staff from the Departments of Human Services and Administration about what they deemed the “botched” rollout of a new state benefits system Thursday afternoon.

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

State officials are responding to problems with the state’s brand new health and human services computer system. The multi-million dollar system has experienced technical problems that are affecting services and causing long wait times at field offices.

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Here’s what’s happening in health care in Rhode Island.

U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

As of Tuesday there’s a new way of applying for state benefits like Medicaid and food stamps, or SNAP. It's an online application for all Department of Human Services benefits, all in one place - Rhode Island's biggest information technology project ever. But some advocates for the poor fear there won’t be enough support to help clients make the transition.

Kathleen Gorman

Hundreds of thousands of Rhode Islanders receive state assistance like food stamps and Medicaid. The agency that helps connect them with those benefits - the Department of Human Services - is in the midst of a major reorganization.

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

70 employees at the state Department of Human Services have received layoff notices because of a system-wide reorganization. It's part of a shift to online applications for benefits like food stamps. The affected employees are social workers involved in connecting needy Rhode Islanders with cash assistance, child care assistance, food stamps, and Medicaid. Until now, Rhode Islanders had to apply for those programs one at a time, in person. The new system allows people to find out what they’re...

The head of Rhode Island’s Medicaid program is stepping down from her post. That will be the second vacancy at a top state health position. The departure of Anya Rader Wallack from Medicaid’s top post comes after Maria Montanaro, director of the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals stepped down earlier this summer. In a statement, a health and human services spokesperson says the office has a strong leadership team in place that will ensure both...

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

State health officials say we’re spending too much on nursing homes. Instead, they say, we could be caring for people, for less money, at home.

Courtesy RI Department of Human Services

Rhode Island’s new online portal for programs like Medicaid and food stamps is set to go live mid-September. The new system will streamline the process for people seeking services. It could also impact some DHS employees. Right now, Rhode Islanders seeking services like cash assistance or food stamps have to fill out an application in person at a different office for each service. The new online portal combines all services – a place to find out if you’re eligible, input your personal...

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

This September, Rhode Island’s Department of Human Services launches a new online portal for health and social service benefits. It’s the state’s biggest IT project ever.

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