Health Care

Affordable Care Act
2:59 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Conversation: What RI’s Health Insurance Exchange Means for Residents

Starting October 1st, Rhode Islanders can start signing up for health insurance through an online marketplace that’s a cornerstone of what’s known as Obamacare. The marketplace will offer a number of insurance plans for individuals, families and employers.  It is being run by the state, and on Tuesday the state released how much the plans will cost.

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Health Care
8:19 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Food as Medicine: Doctors and Chefs Training Together

Fourth year Tulane medical student Neha Solanki, right, prepping a Greek frittata
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

There’s no shortage of advice on healthy eating. But sometimes it seems there’s a shortage of reliable advice. Medical schools traditionally don’t offer much training in nutrition, but a new partnership between Johnson & Wales University and Tulane medical school could change that.

Welcome to a busy kitchen classroom at Johnson & Wales University in Providence. Typically, you’d find only culinary students here, busy chopping or sautéing, trying to plate the perfect dish. But for the past few weeks, they’ve been working with some less-than-seasoned sous chefs.

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Health Care
8:18 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Food as Medicine: Medical and Culinary Students Team Up In New Partnership

Johnson and Wales in Providence has launched a new program that teaches healthy cooking to medical students.
Credit Erika Smith / flickr

There’s no shortage of advice on healthy eating. But sometimes it seems there’s a shortage of reliable advice. Today and tomorrow, Rhode Island Public Radio’s health care reporter Kristin Gourlay is looking at food as medicine. Traditionally medical schools don’t offer much training in nutrition, but a new partnership between Johnson & Wales University and Tulane medical school could change that.

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Affordable Care Act
4:42 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

HealthSource RI Rolls Out Health Insurance Exchange Rates

The state-run health insurance exchange has released rates on the 28 plans it will offer residents and small businesses.

The exchange, known as HealthSource RI, offers a dozen plans to individuals and families. Three insurers are providing the coverage that range in price depending on a person’s age and whether they want a “gold” “silver” or “bronze” plan. The assumption is that younger people are healthier so if a 21-year-old and a 45-year-old want the same “gold” plan, the 45-year-old is going to pay $126 more in monthly premiums.

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Health Care
8:40 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Congressional Delegates Gather in Support of Obamacare

Rhode Island’s congressional delegation helped launch Monday an effort to encourage participation in the federal healthcare overhaul known as Obamacare.  Nine community health centers around the state will play a role in the campaign.

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Health Care
1:50 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Dozens of Organizations Come Together to Focus on Autism in RI

A collaborative effort to research and treat autism is rolling out in Rhode Island. This new consortium includes universities, hospitals and state agencies.

The Rhode Island Consortium for Autism Research and Treatment, or RI-CART, brings doctors researchers and educators together to advance autism research and put a spotlight on the disorder. Dozens of organizations are involved, including Bradley Hospital, Brown University and the Rhode Island Department of Education.

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Health Care
8:26 am
Tue July 16, 2013

In Conversation with Health Benefits Exchange Director Christine Ferguson

Key components of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act are the state-run health insurance exchanges. Rhode Island’s will go online in October with a new name: Health Source Rhode Island.  And its director, Christine Ferguson, stopped by our studios to talk with Rhode Island Public Radio’s Scott MacKay about how the exchange will work and who will benefit.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic?  Please email us, we'd love to hear from you.  news@ripr.org

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Affordable Care Act
3:20 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

RI Rolls Out Details of its Health Insurance Exchange

Gov. Lincoln Chafee looks on as Congressman Jim Langevin talks about the importance of health insurance at the HealthSource RI ribbon cutting.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Rhode Island’s Health Benefits Exchange has a new name, a new logo and is looking to hire dozens of people. 

From here on out, Rhode Island’s Health Benefits Exchange will be known as HealthSource RI, and it’s looking to hire 50 to 75 people to sign folks up for health insurance, starting in October.

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Health Care
5:51 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Shigella Bacteria Sickens 92, Hospitalizes 16

Shigella bacteria in a lab sample
Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Rhode Island Department of Health says a bacteria called shigella is responsible for sickening 92 people with bloody diarrhea, sending many to the emergency room and hospitalizing 16, including children. All had been swimming in a lake in Burrillville. 

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Health Care
5:00 am
Tue July 9, 2013

New Hope for Rare but Deadly Mosquito-Borne EEE

The EEE virus, extracted from the Culiseta melanura mosquito.
Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A Rhode Island Hospital neurologist says there’s evidence that early, aggressive treatment can help the unlucky few who catch Eastern Equine Encephalitis each year in the United States. Neurointensivist (a neurologist with additional training in intensive neurological conditions) Dr. Linda Wendell has published an account of the hospital’s successful treatment of a young man with EEE.    

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