Health Care

Raimondo Urges House Majority Leader To Preserve ACA

Jan 10, 2017
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Governor Gina Raimondo has sent a letter to US House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy urging him to reconsider repealing the Affordable Care Act. Raimondo argues the ACA is working in Rhode Island, and that repealing it would undo progress in insuring more Rhode Islanders.

Raimondo Ponders Staff Changes To Fix UHIP

Jan 9, 2017
Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Governor Gina Raimondo may announce some changes in leadership in the state’s office of health and human services this week. The Governor is frustrated with ongoing problems with the state’s new online benefits system, UHIP.

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Nursing facilities are implementing new regulations designed to give patients more control over their care. It's the first time the regulations have been updated in decades.

Aaron Read / RIPR

The number of deaths from heroin and other opioids continues to rise in New England. That's according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Jack Rodolico / VPR/NENC

For one of New England's biggest developers, Brady Sullivan Properties, there’s been a lot of bad news over the past year. State and federal investigators have found lead contamination and illegal toxic dumping. And those are just the cases that made headlines – in recent years there have been other complaints involving Brady Sullivan projects from homeowners and others. Regulators haven’t taken a comprehensive look at all these incidents to see if there’s a pattern at play. For the New England News Collaborative, NHPR’s Jack Rodolico reports,

Feds Want More Details On UHIP Fix-It Plan

Dec 22, 2016
Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

The U.S. Food and Nutrition Service wants more information before it can approve a plan to turn around the state’s troubled benefits system, UHIP. The feds want more detailed plans for how the state can reduce wait times for benefits like food stamps.

Risky Behavior: Nearly Half Of RI Teens Text And Drive

Dec 21, 2016
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Data from a new survey about risky behavior among teens has just been released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The numbers show that nearly half of Rhode Island teenagers have texted while driving a car. 

About one in four teenagers reported currently using marijuana. Rhode Island’s child psychiatrists recently issued a statement expressing their concern about this increase and its potential effects on developing brains.

RI Drug Overdose Deaths Higher Than Reported In 2015

Dec 14, 2016
Aaron Read / RIPR

State health officials say they missed more than two dozen victims of accidental opioid overdose in prior reporting on last year, and the undercount continued into the current calendar year. The problem appears to stem from data entry errors.

Union Workers, Women & Infants Struggle To Avert Strike

Dec 13, 2016
Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Workers at Women and Infants Hospital have voted to authorize a potential strike. The union and the hospital are struggling to resolve a contract negotiation. 

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ACLU Sues State Over Food Stamp Delays

Dec 9, 2016
Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

The Rhode Island American Civil Liberties Union has filed a class action lawsuit against the state’s Department of Human Services for what it calls a failure to provide food stamps in a timely manner. 

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UPDATE: Gov. Gina Raimondo has appointed Tom Guthlein Acting Associate Director of Program Operations at DHS to oversee the customer service team. Director Melba Depeña-Affigne’s role has not changed. 

Your Weekly Briefing: Health In Rhode Island, Dec. 6

Dec 6, 2016
Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Here’s what’s happening in health in Rhode Island, Dec. 6:

THUNDERMIST CEO: Thundermist Health Center President and CEO Chuck Jones is stepping down in February. Jones joined Thundermist in 2008. He moves on to be CEO of Harbor Health Services in Dorchester, MA. Thundermist will conduct a nationwide search for his replacement.

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State lawmakers continue their oversight of the state's child welfare agency.  At a hearing Tuesday night, Department of Children, Youth, and Families director Jamia McDonald said her organization has made progress. 

RI Awarded $130M To Continue Medicaid 'Reinvention'

Nov 28, 2016
Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Rhode Island has been awarded $130 million dollars over the next five years from the federal government to continue its work overhauling Medicaid. The health insurance program for the poor serves nearly one in three Rhode Islanders. The money is earmarked for efforts that pay for better quality care instead of the quantity of care.

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