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5:05 am
Mon June 9, 2014

RI Food Bank: First (Slight) Decline In Need Since Recession

The food bank says it has seen the first (slight) decline in demand since 2008.
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This month, the number of Rhode Islanders seeking help from a statewide network of food pantries has declined. It’s the first decline, says Rhode Island Community Food Bank spokeswoman Cindy Elder, since the beginning of the economic recession in 2008.

“It’s not quite a reason to rejoice because we’re still really at remarkable high levels of need for food assistance.”

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Health Care
5:59 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Debrief: The Debate Over Sustaining HealthSource RI

HealthSource RI director Christy Ferguson believes the state should not join the federal exchange.
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State lawmakers have plenty of competing priorities to consider as they wrap up the legislative session. One of those is what to do with the state’s health insurance exchange, HealthSource RI. Health care reporter Kristin Gourlay joins host Dave Fallon to talk about the lively debate that's developed around this question of whether to keep HealthSource going or scrap it and default to the federal health insurance exchange, healthcare.gov.

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Health Care
4:36 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Lt. Gov. Defends HealthSource RI

Lawmakers are being asked to decide the fate of HealthSource RI, the state’s online health insurance exchange. At issue is how to pay for it, or whether to scrap it. And plenty of voices are weighing in on the conversation. The latest claims state officials were told years ago that building an exchange wasn’t viable but did it anyway.

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Health Care
8:43 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Supporters Of Recreational Marijuana To Make Their Case At Statehouse

Advocates for the sale of recreational marijuana to adults lobby lawmakers at the statehouse Tuesday.
Credit RIPR FILE

Supporters of legalizing the retail sale of marijuana to adults will make their case at the statehouse Tuesday.  It’s not the first time lawmakers have attempted to decriminalize pot.

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Health Care
5:00 am
Mon June 2, 2014

RI Health Care Sector Expected To Grow 16%; More RNs Needed

The state expects to see a shortage of nurses in the coming years.
Credit Aaron Read

Rhode Island will face a shortage of nurses in the next 10 to 15 years. But the state may need even more lower level health care workers.

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Health Care
9:42 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Chafee Signs New Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Into Law

Governor Lincoln Chafee has signed a bill into law requiring practitioners to register with the state’s prescription drug monitoring program.

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Health Care
3:58 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

In Switch, Ferguson Says HealthSourceRI Won't Need State Money in FY15

In a switch, the head of Rhode Island’s version of Obamacare says HealthSourceRI won’t need about $5 million dollars in state funding for the next fiscal year.

HealthSourceRI director Christine Ferguson last week said the exchange would need $4.6 million dollars in state money to keep going next year.

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Health Care
8:48 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Healthsource RI Needs $4.6M For 2015

Rhode Island's health insurance exchange HealthSource RI says it needs $4.6 million dollars to keep running through fiscal year 2015.

The money would need to come from the state.  HealthSource RI director Christine Ferguson says the money would cover the program's operating costs, and will allow federal funding to cover program development.

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Health Care
2:51 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Health Dept. Approves CharterCare, Prospect Deal

The Rhode Island Health Department has approved the affiliation of CharterCare with the California-based for-profit Prospect Medical Holdings. The state’s attorney general approved the deal last week.

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Health Care
1:42 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

20 More Primary Care Practices To Join CSI-RI

A statewide effort to link more Rhode Islanders with primary care is expanding.

The effort is called the Chronic Care Sustainability Initiative, or CSI.CSI promotes the patient-centered medical home model of health care. In a patient centered medical home, a team of health care professionals coordinates a patient’s care. It’s especially helpful for patients with chronic illnesses, although anyone can join.

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