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Joining forces with U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse is the latest lawmaker to announce plans to co-sponsor legislation to create a single-payer health system.

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Care New England's president and CEO, Dennis D. Keefe, announced Monday he will retire at the of the year as the hospital group prepares for a planned merger with Partners HealthCare of Massachusetts.

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Rhode Island’s immunization rates for teenagers are among the highest in the country, according to new data released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Prescription opioids aren’t the only medication that public health officials worry about doctors over-prescribing. Another is antibiotics.


Lifespan, Rhode Island’s largest hospital system, is reporting strong operating earnings as rival Care New England continues to lose money.

MA Officials 'Encouraged' By Drop In Overdose Deaths

Aug 24, 2017

Many public health experts in the United States say the opioid epidemic has not peaked, and they predict the number of deaths will continue to rise for at least three or four more years. But Massachusetts may be bucking the trend.

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Rhode Island state regulators have granted permission to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island to raise its 2018 rates for individual health insurance plans, on average, by 12 percent.

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Gov. Gina Raimondo signed several bills Monday aimed at the ongoing fight against drug overdose deaths. More than 300 people died of drug overdose in Rhode Island in 2016, an increase from the previous year.

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The nonprofit Rhode Island Disaster Medical Assistance Team is offering training for workers who might need to administer Naloxone, or Narcan, the overdose rescue drug.

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Gov. Gina Raimondo is slated to sign several pieces of legislation Monday, aimed at curbing the opioid crisis.

The ceremonial signing includes bills to require health professionals to discuss the risk of addiction before they prescribe opioids to patients and stricter penalties for distributing fentanyl.

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As states grapple with rising opioid abuse, needles left in parks and city sidewalks are becoming a bigger problem.

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The House cleared its version of a paid sick time bill in a 55-14 vote Thursday. The legislation has some key differences with the Senate’s version of the bill.

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Lifespan, Rhode Island’s largest hospital chain, is resuming payments in lieu of taxes to the city of Providence, Lifespan announced today.

Lifespan President and CEO Dr. Timothy Babineau said that better finances have led the hospital to resume the payments to Providence with a $400,000 contribution. According to the hospital system, Lifespan’s finances have rebounded from a $33 million operating loss to a break-even status on its balance sheet, enabling the system to resume the payments.

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The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is now conducting its weekly tests for mosquito-borne diseases. The updates begin every first of June and run through the end of September.

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A new effort to combat opioid addiction and overdose deaths opened Monday in Rhode Island. Lifespan, the state’s largest hospital system, is running an outpatient treatment facility called the Lifespan Recovery Center in Providence.

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