virginia burke http://ripr.org en Proposed Medicaid Cuts Could Strap Nursing Homes http://ripr.org/post/proposed-medicaid-cuts-could-strap-nursing-homes <p>Gov. Lincoln Chafee has proposed $43 million in cuts to the state's Medicaid program. That's the program that provides health insurance for the poor and disabled. And it's recently been expanded under Obamacare.</p><p>And while Chafee's budget wouldn't cut services for Medicaid recipients, it would have an impact on how much health care providers are paid to care for Medicaid patients. To learn more, Rhode Island Public Radio's health care reporter Kristin Gourlay sat down with Virginia Burke, head of the Rhode Island Health Care Association, whose members are mainly nursing homes.</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 27970 at http://ripr.org Proposed Medicaid Cuts Could Strap Nursing Homes RI Rolls Out Integrated Care Initiative For Elderly, Disabled http://ripr.org/post/ri-rolls-out-integrated-care-initiative-elderly-disabled <p>Rhode Islanders who are covered by both Medicare and Medicaid - the so-called "dual eligibles" - take note: you're being enrolled in a new health plan designed to coordinate your primary care and long term care needs a bit better. It's called the Integrated Care Initiative, it could affect nearly 28,000 Rhode Islanders, and it's not without controversy.</p><p>But first, <strong>what's it about</strong>?</p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 20:37:57 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 23032 at http://ripr.org Kilmartin: Expand Background Checks for Nursing Homes http://ripr.org/post/kilmartin-expand-background-checks-nursing-homes <p>Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin wants to institute a national background check for nursing home workers. Federal grant money – and some extra costs for nursing homes – are at stake.</p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 18:01:51 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 11533 at http://ripr.org Kilmartin: Expand Background Checks for Nursing Homes