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5:00 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Medical Marijuana Stores: More Spa, Less Pharmacy

Seth Bock, owner of the Greenleaf compassion center.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

In April, Rhode Island’s first medical marijuana dispensary – the Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center - opened for business in Providence. This weekend, the second is scheduled to open in Portsmouth. We visited the Greenleaf compassion center as workers rushed to finish the stylish interior.

The marijuana might be medical, but the retail space is anything but.

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Health Care
3:40 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

RI Health Care Reform Bill Clears Senate Hurdle

Rhode Island's state capitol
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

A comprehensive health care reform bill is headed for a full vote in the Rhode Island Senate. The bill aims, in part, to increase the transparency of health care costs.

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Health Care
12:17 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

RI Insurers Must Disclose Prices to Doctors

For the first time, Rhode Island’s insurance commissioner has directed health insurers to disclose what they pay for health care services. But that information won’t necessarily be directly available to patients.

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Health Care
2:32 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

More Layoffs As Lifespan Tries to Trim $150M

Lifespan CEO Dr. Timothy Babineau
Credit Lifespan
  • Lifespan says it must trim up to $150 million in expenses.

The state’s largest hospital network is making another attempt to trim nearly $150 million in expenses over the next two and a half years. Lifespan has announced another round of layoffs.

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Health Care
3:24 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

RI's Latest Health Care Merger: Good for You and Your Bottom Line?

BCBSRI chief medical officer Dr. Gus Manocchia says it's too soon to tell how a Lifespan/Gateway merger will affect premiums.
Credit Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island

The Lifespan hospital system’s recent acquisition of Gateway, a mental health care network, may be a sign of more to come. But it could be too soon to tell what it means for a patient’s pocketbook.

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Health Care
4:53 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

RI Health Dept. Encourages Hep C Testing for Boomers

Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Rhode Island Dept. of Health estimates nearly 11,000 Rhode Islanders are infected with the Hepatitis C virus but don’t know it. That’s why the department is encouraging testing.

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Health Care
11:44 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Online Health Insurance Marketplace to Offer 28 Plans

Rhode Island’s online marketplace for health insurance is taking shape in preparation for October 1st. That's the date the exchange is scheduled to be up and running with a variety of new health plans to choose from.

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Health Care
3:13 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Women & Infants Researcher Counters Critics of Premature Baby Study

Examining an infant in the neonatal intensive care unit at the Naval Medical Center San Diego
Credit US Navy

Women and Infants Hospital is responding to allegations that a research study of premature babies in which it participated didn’t properly inform parents of the risks.

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Health Care
2:20 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Newport Drinking Water Exceeds Safety Standard

Credit Environmental Protection Agency

Newport residents received notice this week that levels of some cancer-causing chemicals in their water have exceeded what’s allowed by the federal government. It’s no emergency, but the city is upgrading its treatment facilities to prevent possible long term health effects.

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Health Care
2:45 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

USDA to Help RI Feed Low-Income Kids This Summer

Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon at a school lunch program in Arlington, VA, October 2011.
Credit US Dept. of Agriculture

Rhode Island is getting a boost from the US Department of Agriculture to help attract more kids in need to its summer food program. The USDA’s goal is to increase participation by 10 percent.

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