Health Care

Thousands Waiting For Benefits As UHIP Backlog Persists

Mar 31, 2017
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More than 13,600 Rhode Islanders are still waiting for a determination on their application for state benefits like food stamps. That’s thanks to continuing problems with Rhode Island’s problem-plagued benefits system, UHIP. 

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Four infants known to the Department of Children, Youth, and Families died over the past few months. A new report from the Office of the Child Advocate says DCYF missed opportunities to prevent those deaths. 

RI Leaders Relieved GOP Health Plan Off The Table

Mar 24, 2017
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  Rhode Island officials are breathing a collective sigh of relief that the plug has been pulled on the GOP health care plan to replace Obamacare. 

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The Office of the Child Advocate has reviewed the circumstances surrounding the deaths of four infants and the near deaths of two others over the past six months whose families were involved with the Department of Children, Youth, and Families, or DCYF. The Advocate’s report finds the agency missed opportunities to prevent those deaths.

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Rhode Island health officials are busy analyzing the potential impacts of the Republican plan to replace Obamacare. Proposed funding cuts to Medicaid  - the health insurance program for the poor - could mean covering fewer people or reducing payments to health care providers.

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Rhode Island Hospital researchers say preparing for an infectious disease outbreak could be more efficient and cost-effective. That’s the conclusion of a new study that assessed the costs and benefits for hospitals of preparing to deal with potential Ebola cases during the 2014 outbreak.

CBO Report Fuels RI Reps' Distaste For GOP Health Plan

Mar 14, 2017
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A report issued Monday by the Congressional Budget Office ran the numbers on the Republicans' plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, called the American Health Care Act. Among the highlights: 14 million Americans could lose coverage next year if the proposal moves forward, and nearly double that 10 years from now. The plan reduces the nation's deficit, but it does so by cutting Medicaid funding and reducing health care subsidies.

Rhode Island Hires New Medicaid Director

Mar 8, 2017
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Rhode Island has hired a new Medicaid director. The hire comes at a time when major changes could be afoot for the state’s health insurance program for the poor and disabled.

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Rhode Island’s congressional representatives and others are condemning the bill unveiled by U.S. House Republicans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. U.S. Representative David Cicilline says the bill would hurt Rhode Islanders.

The Republicans’ plan does away with the requirement that individuals have health insurance, though it does allow insurers to charge more for people whose coverage lapses. It would end expanded Medicaid coverage by 2020. And it would provide people with tax credits – up to $14,000 per family – to buy health insurance.

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Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin wants to list emerging synthetic opioids as controlled substances. Kilmartin says this would give law enforcement the opportunity to crack down on these addictive, dangerous drugs.

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Officials gathered at the Boston Medical Center to announce the largest private gift in the hospital's history. The $25 million donation will be used to address the opioid addiction and overdose epidemic.

Proposed Bill Would Expand Paid Family Leave

Mar 6, 2017
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Rhode Island Senator Gayle Goldin and Representative Shelby Maldonado are introducing legislation that would expand paid family leave through a program called Temporary Caregiver Insurance. The bill would allow more kinds of caregivers to take time off work to care for family members, and boost the wages they receive while away.

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Medical professionals and community members interested in transgender health are holding a conference today convened by Brown University, Rhode Island College, and nonprofit advocacy group the TGI Network. The conference comes at a time of heated rhetoric about transgender issues.

Health Insurers Face Uncertainty Crafting 2018 Plans

Mar 1, 2017
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Health insurers are expected to file their plans for 2018 in May. They’re faced with uncertainty about how much to charge as federal lawmakers work on legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Should RI Change Tack To Reduce Overdose Deaths?

Feb 27, 2017
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Despite efforts to raise awareness and target groups at risk, overdose deaths continue to climb in Rhode Island. More than 320 Rhode Islanders died of opioid overdoses in 2016, compared to 290 in 2015. Soon after taking office, Governor Gina Raimondo convened a task force to reduce overdose deaths. Do they need to revisit their strategy?

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