Robert Wood Johnson Foundation http://ripr.org en Lt. Gov. Defends HealthSource RI http://ripr.org/post/lt-gov-defends-healthsource-ri <p>Lawmakers are being asked to decide the fate of HealthSource RI, the state’s online health insurance exchange. At issue is how to pay for it, or whether to scrap it. And plenty of voices are weighing in on the conversation. The latest claims state officials were told years ago that building an exchange wasn’t viable but did it anyway.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 20:36:45 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 34616 at http://ripr.org New Study Finds Rhode Island Ranks 13th in Overdoes Deaths http://ripr.org/post/new-study-finds-rhode-island-ranks-13th-overdoes-deaths <p>State health officials said they don&rsquo;t know why Rhode Island has the nation&rsquo;s 13<sup>th</sup> highest rate of accidental deaths caused by illicit drug overdoses.&nbsp; But they said doctors may be part of the problem.</p><p>Twenty-eight-year-old Ross Ricciarelli is a recovering heroin addict. He got started on Vicodin and progressed to Percocete. When prescriptions became hard to come by he started shooting up.</p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 20:01:38 +0000 Flo Jonic 22956 at http://ripr.org