Rhode Island Hospital and the entire Lifespan network have announced new guidelines for prescribing painkillers in their emergency rooms. ER doctors are trying to address the growing problem of prescription drug abuse and addiction.
A bit more than 2600 Rhode Islanders have signed up for health insurance coverage through HealthSource RI. That's a fraction of everyone who’s eligible-- 2%, to be exact, of the estimated 125,000 uninsured Rhode Islanders who could sign up for coverage on Rhode Island’s health insurance exchange.
Rhode Islanders have just 12 days left to enroll in health insurance coverage through the state’s online marketplace, HealthSource RI, if they want to be covered as of January 1st. HealthSource RI officials say most applicants should find the process problem-free.
You’ve probably heard about the technical problems that have plagued the federal health insurance exchange – healthcare.gov. But not so in Rhode Island, says HealthSource RI spokeswoman Dara Chadwick.
Imagine riding in an ambulance without heat. That’s apparently been the reality for some people who use the New England Ambulance Company. The state Health Department is putting a stop to the practice.
The Rhode Island Health Department has ordered the New England Ambulance Company to stop running vehicles without heat. The department says it will issue fines of 100 dollars a day if the Johnston firm continues to do so.
Under new, tighter eligibility rules, thousands of parents of children with RIte Care health insurance are slated to lose their coverage at the end of this month. But they’re getting an extra month to pick a new plan.
A federal judge in Connecticut is blocking United Healthcare’s move to drop hundreds of doctors from its Medicare Advantage network.
The Hartford Courant reports that the Fairfield and Hartford County Medical Associations convinced the court that removing the more than 2-thousand doctors in Connecticut from the health insurance network would be too damaging. And that the insurer plans to appeal the decision.
State lawmakers are looking at ways to strengthen Rhode Island’s prescription drug monitoring program. They say there are too many gaps in the current system that allow people to abuse prescription drugs.
Employees at a Rhode Island company are working through the holiday to bring much-needed relief to the Philippines. Edesia manufactures food supplements and a peanut butter paste called Plumpy Nut that reverses the effects of malnutrition. Founder Navyn Salem says the disaster in the Philippines has put many children at risk of malnutrition, and many are starving. So they’ll be working almost around the clock to prepare shipments.