Health Care

The Pulse
12:00 am
Tue July 24, 2012

CBO Estimates Health Reform Will Cost Less Than Thought

The Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation have just released new estimates of what President Obama’s Affordable Care Act will cost, and the numbers are less than previously thought. From the CBO Director’s Blog:

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The Pulse
12:00 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Pertussis Cases Up; Vaccine Losing Steam?

We’re seeing a few more cases of pertussis (whooping cough) in Rhode Island than usual right now (the total is eight as of Friday, July 20). But in the state of Washington, it’s reached official epidemic status. The Centers for Disease Control reports today in its weekly Morbidity and Mortality Report that, although the pertussis incidence rate is higher in Washington, there’s a national trend emerging in terms of what age groups are getting sick:

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The Pulse
12:00 am
Thu July 19, 2012

West Nile in RI and the Rise of Vector-borne Disease

The RI Department of Environmental Management says in a statement today that a weekly sampling of mosquitoes collected from a swamp in Westerly tested positive for West Nile virus. That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to hermetically seal yourself, your kids, and your pets inside until the first frost. But the presence of West Nile and other diseases transmitted by so-called “vectors” like mosquitoes and ticks in our area should mean you take a few precautions before venturing into the great outdoors.

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The Pulse
12:00 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Are Seniors Taking Advantage of Free Preventive Health Care?

Under the health care reform act, many preventive services like diabetes screenings, bone mass measurement, and so-called “Wellness” visits are now available for free (no co-payment) to Medicare recipients. (Medicare is health coverage for people over age 65.

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The Pulse
12:00 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Diapers? Check. Bottles? Check. Pets? Check.

Rhode Island pet lovers and potential/current parents, perk up your ears!

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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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