Health Care

The Pulse
12:00 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Could New Obesity Guidelines Hike Insurance Rates?

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently (end of June, 2012) issued revised guidelines for treating obesity. They recommend that doctors (1) screen all patients for obesity (defined as a body mass index of 30 or higher) and (2) refer obese patients for comprehensive behavioral “interventions” to help them lose the weight.That means some insurers could be asked to cover multiple group or individual behavioral counseling or weight management sessions for overweight patients. But could it mean your insurance rates go up?

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The Pulse
12:00 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Introducing Your New Health Care Reporter

Hello Rhode Island! Allow me to introduce myself: I’m Kristin Gourlay, the new health care reporter at Rhode Island Public Radio. I’m really excited to be here, to listen and learn, and to find and tell the stories that matter most to you.

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The Pulse
5:54 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

The Day Has Come

I got to work this morning and did all the things I usually do- checked my email, figured out the stories of the day, posted some material online. I even had an assignment.

But the weird thing about today is I won’t be coming back.  All those emails carefully saved in folders? All those scripts I’ve written? I guess I don’t need them anymore. Today is my last day at the radio station.

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Healthcare
3:37 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Marijuana on Smith Hill

PROVIDENCE,RI – Marijuana is turning into a popular topic up on Smith Hill. Committees in the General Assembly reviewed four separate pieces of legislation concerning the drug in the past two weeks. We're joined by Rhode Island Public Radio's health care reporter Megan Hall to explain what these bills are and what they would do.

Dave: Thanks for coming in Megan

MEGAN: No problem Dave

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Healthcare
3:33 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Marijuana on Smith Hill

PROVIDENCE,RI – Marijuana is turning into a popular topic up on Smith Hill. Committees in the General Assembly reviewed four separate pieces of legislation concerning the drug in the past two weeks. We're joined by Rhode Island Public Radio's health care reporter Megan Hall to explain what these bills are and what they would do.


Dave: Thanks for coming in Megan


MEGAN: No problem Dave

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Healthcare
5:27 pm
Wed November 30, 2011

Entire audio of marijauna press conference

Providence, RI – Listen in to the complete conference call where Governor Lincoln Chafee and Governor Chris Gregoire of Washington discus their petition to reclassify marijuana as a schedule II drug.

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

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Healthcare
3:36 pm
Thu June 2, 2011

Holder on medical marijuana dispensaries

Providence, RI – Full audio of U.S. Attorney Eric Holder's response to reporter questions about federal medical marijuana policy. Recorded during his June 2nd visit to the Institute for the Study and Practice of Non-violence in Providence.

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Healthcare
4:34 pm
Wed May 25, 2011

Governor Chafee on compassion centers

Providence, RI – Complete interview between Megan Hall and Governor Chafee on Arizona's attempts to clarify federal policy on medical marijuana dispensaries

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Healthcare
9:59 am
Mon March 14, 2011

Patient advocates react to proposed medical marijuana tax

Providence, RI – Joanne Lepannen is the leader of the Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Coalition, or RIPAC. She doesn't like Chafee's plan to tax medical marijuana, but not prescription drugs.
"The fact that medical cannabis is not being treated in the same manner and in the same regard that prescription medication would be maybe create a public perception that it is not the same medicine," Lepannen says.

She says the she's also worried the tax will make it even harder for low income patients to buy their medicine.

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Healthcare
1:08 pm
Thu May 13, 2010

Rhode Islander named board chairman at AARP

Providence, R.I. – When the Association for the Advancement of Retired persons, or AARP, selected its new board of directors last week, a Rhode Islander moved up to the rank of board chairman.

Phil Zarlengo from Jamestown has served on the National Board since 2006. Before that, he was the President of Rhode Island's AARP for five years. He recently joined WRNI's Bob Seay in the studio to talk about what's next for the AARP and seniors under the new health reform law.

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