Health Care

The Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island
4:30 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

The Silver Boom: Share Your Stories of Navigating Long Term Care

Are you caring for aging parents, or an aging spouse? Have you had to find a long term care option? What was helpful? What do you wish you had known before you started?

Please share your experiences and join the discussion in our comments section below.

Health Care
2:00 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

The Silver Boom: Fight Isolation with Interdependence, Says Taylor

Catherine Taylor, Director, Division of Elderly Affairs
Credit Division of Elderly Affairs

Catherine Taylor, Director of Rhode Island's Division of Elderly Affairs, joined us in our studio earlier to help us kick off our series, The Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island. You'll find a link to listen to that interview below.

She also sent us these thoughts about how Rhode Island seniors can break out of isolation and find help.

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Health Care
1:01 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Kilmartin: Expand Background Checks for Nursing Homes

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin wants to institute a national background check for nursing home workers. Federal grant money – and some extra costs for nursing homes – are at stake.

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Health Care
5:00 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Sen. Miller Health Reform Bill Tackles Costs, Transparency

Rhode Island Sen. Josh Miller has introduced a wide-ranging health care reform bill he hopes will give consumers more information about the costs and quality of the care they receive.

Miller’s bill tries to tackle several major health care reform goals the state has been moving towards in one package. It includes strategies to rein in health care costs and boost consumer access to information about those costs.

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Health Care
5:00 am
Wed February 27, 2013

House Considers Banning Fake Marijuana, Bath Salts

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

The General Assembly is scheduled to hear testimony today on legislation banning drugs like synthetic marijuana and bath salts. The proposed legislation comes from Rhode Island's Attorney General.

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Health Care
12:54 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Sen. Whitehouse Cancer Research Bill Becomes Law

Rhode Island vs. U.S. cancer death rates, 2009
Credit National Program of Cancer Registries / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) has helped pass a new cancer research law that targets pancreatic and other hard-to-treat cancers. Whitehouse lost his own mother to pancreatic cancer several years ago. The legislation aims to boost early detection and treatment.

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Health Care
3:23 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Flu Vaccine Less Effective but Still Urged for Seniors

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates this year’s flu vaccine was effective about fifty percent of the time. But the vaccine was much less protective for older adults.

The CDC found that vaccinations against influenza types A and B were about 56 percent effective overall. But in people aged 65 and older, the vaccines only worked 27 percent of the time. But Rhode Island Department of Health director Doctor Michael Fine says that’s no reason NOT to get vaccinated.

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Health Care
2:58 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Mass. docs want tighter controls on medical marijuana

In Rhode Island, medical marijuana is already legal, through people who are so-called “caregivers” selling to patients. The state has established three “compassion centers” that haven’t opened yet. In Massachusetts, regulators are still considering how to implement the law. Doctors there want tighter controls.

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Health Care
12:42 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Another try for the "I'm sorry" bill for doctors

A bill that would protect doctors from legal action if they tell their patients they’re sorry has been filed once again in the General Assembly. The bill faces an uphill battle.

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Health Care
3:52 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Fine on flu vaccination: "We can do better"

Dr. Michael Fine, director of the RI Dept. of Health
Credit Rhode Island Department of Health

While flu season is technically still here, Rhode Island’s Department of Health has lifted its declaration of “widespread” flu. More on the state’s response to a tough season.

Department of health head Dr. Michael Fine says he’s pleased that more health care workers and members of the general population got vaccinated against the flu this year than last. But he says the state can do better than 50%.

“If we had vaccinated instead of 500,000 Rhode Islanders, 900,000 or more, we would have expected to see many fewer hospitalizations and many fewer illnesses.”

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