Health Care

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The Rhode Island Council for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, or RICCAP, is warning against legalizing recreational marijuana. The organization has issued a statement about the drug’s impact on young people.

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Open enrollment for health insurance plans on Rhode Island’s exchange, HealthSource RI, begins Tuesday, November 1 st . There will be fewer plans, but lower premiums this time around. Monthly premiums are increasing by double digits for health insurance plans sold on the federal Obamacare exchange. But in Rhode Island, HealthSource RI head Zach Sherman says it's just the opposite. “We’re actually seeing rates go down for 2017. Our current customers are going to see on average their rates go...

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The Rhode Island Department of Health is expanding free breast cancer follow up care for more low-income women. The program used to help only uninsured women get follow-up care after an abnormal finding during breast cancer screening. Now the program will help women who are insured but can’t afford co-pays and deductibles. Breast cancer follow-up services include things like diagnostic breast imaging and biopsies. Eligibility for these services will be determined by a woman’s income, which...

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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.

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Governor Gina Raimondo is trying to curb long wait times and system problems after the roll out of a new human services computer system. Raimondo has directed Department of Human Services field offices to remain open longer two days a week to deal with long wait times. She has also asked the consulting firm that helped build the new human services computer system, Deloitte, to send additional staff to help troubleshoot – at no additional cost. State officials acknowledge it’s been a rocky...

Kristin Gourlay

Major health care systems Care New England in Rhode Island and Southcoast Health in Massachusetts say they will end their affiliation plans. The move comes after months of talks about joining forces to create one of the largest systems in the region. In a statement, officials from both organizations say they believe their vision for a combined system could no longer be achieved. Regulators in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island had already been reviewing legal documents filed in support of...

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Humanitarian crises are multiplying around the globe, but a Brown University researcher says we could be responding in a more rigorous way. Emergency medicine doctor Adam Levine will head the new Humanitarian Innovation Initiative at Brown’s Watson Institute. He says academic researchers need to partner with humanitarian aid providers. “Very little of what we do in the humanitarian sector is based on actual rigorous studies and much of it is based on anecdote," said Levine. "We do what we did...

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A new sobering center opens next month at a homeless shelter in Providence. It’s a place where inebriated people who would typically be brought to the emergency room can safely sober up. It's meant to save money and guide those patients toward recovery.

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Department of Human Services officials say they’re working with federal agencies to address concerns about the rocky roll out of a new computer system called UHIP. The system enrolls Rhode Islanders in programs like food stamps and Medicaid and replaces decades-old technology. But some Federal officials said it wasn’t ready to go live when it did. DHS officials say they launched the system in mid-September after what they call the “success” of early pilots. But federal agencies like the U.S....

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State officials have yet to comment on warnings from a federal agency that said Rhode Island’s Department of Human Services computer system wasn’t ready for prime time. The U.S. Department of Agriculture predicted problems with the new system. In a letter, The U.S. Department of Agriculture warned of increased wait times and excessive document backlogs. The agency suggested additional testing for the new computer system, along with a better back up plan and more staffing. But Rhode Island’s...

Rhode Island Department of Health

Blackstone Valley’s Community Health Center broke ground Saturday on a new Neighborhood Health Station in Central Falls. The station is meant to serve patients as more than a health clinic. Former Health Department Director Dr. Michael Fine is one of the driving forces behind the new Neighborhood Health Station. He says it’s a different model from a community health center. “Community health centers focus on the people who consult them and do a great job at it," said Fine. "A neighborhood...

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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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A new study finds mixed health results from CVS pharmacies’ decision to stop selling tobacco products. Harvard Professor Reginald Tucker-Seeley, Ph.D, says when it’s easier to get tobacco in your neighborhood, more people smoke. So when CVS pharmacies stopped selling cigarettes, Tucker-Seeley wondered whether that might be good for all Rhode Islanders. He found that in neighborhoods with high rates of poverty and a greater percentage of black and Latino residents, there just weren’t as many...

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Researchers from Brown University have found that even low levels of lead in children’s blood can lower future test scores. I t’s one of the first studies to isolate lead as a cause, and not just a factor, in student achievement.

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