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1:14 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

CVS Health Acquires Nursing Home, Specialty Pharmacy Service Provider

CVS Health is headquartered in Woonsocket, RI.
Credit file/CVS Health

Woonsocket-based CVS Health has agreed to acquire a provider of nursing home pharmacy services. The acquisition of Omnicare expands a growing line of business for the pharmacy giant.

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Health Care
12:52 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Lawmakers Hear More Testimony On Medicaid, Health And Human Services Budgets

On Tuesday, two Rhode Island House committees will take another close look at Governor Gina Raimondo’s proposed budgets for Medicaid and the state’s health and human services agency. The Senate heard similar proposals last week.

The hearings offer another opportunity for public testimony and committee members’ questions before the budgets hit the full House and Senate for consideration.

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Health Care
6:30 am
Sat May 16, 2015

Food Bank To Give Monthly Boxes To 2000 Needy Seniors

Rhode Island Community Food Bank will begin delivering boxes of food to low-income seniors. That’s thanks to the expansion of a federal program for seniors in need, the Commodity Supplemental Food Program.

Boxes of canned fruit and vegetables, cereal, pasta and other items will be delivered to low income elderly Rhode Islanders starting this summer. Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) helped secure federal funding to bring the US Department of Agriculture nutrition program for poor seniors to Rhode Island and six other states.

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Health Care
4:32 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

SEIU Says Medicaid Savings Could Include Boosting Home Care Worker Pay

Health care workers rallied at the Rhode Island Statehouse today to call for better wages. The Service Employees International Union has concerns about budget cuts for Medicaid.

The union represents about 4000 nurses, CNAs, and service employees who work in nursing homes and hospitals. The union has issued a list of proposals it says could help the state trim millions of dollars from Medicaid and boost pay for low wage workers.

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Health Care
11:01 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Historic Nursing Home Keeps Doors Open With Cash From Suitor

The South Providence nursing home entered receivership to keep from closing its doors.
Credit Bannister House

There’s a potential buyer for a nursing home in Providence that’s facing financial difficulties. Bannister House first opened its doors in the 1890s to care for elderly African Americans. 

Now, Centers Health Care, a New York-based company, has agreed to provide a cash infusion for Bannister House. Centers is waiting for an answer on its bid to buy the bankrupt facility. Court-appointed receiver Rick Land says Bannister House was on track to run out of money in the next few weeks.

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