Patrick Kennedy en Ted Kennedy Jr. to enter family business <p>Ted Kennedy Jr., is about to enter the family business. Kennedy, son of the late U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy and brother of former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy, is slated today to announce his candidacy for state Senate in Connecticut, where he has lived for many years.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:52:07 +0000 Scott MacKay 31693 at Marijuana Debate Heats Up; Lifespan, Kennedy At Odds <p>A bill is making its way through Rhode Island's General Assembly that would legalize marijuana and regulate and tax it like alcohol. Possessing small amounts has already been decriminalized here. And interest has been growing in legalization for a while.</p><p>Proponents say that legalizing the drug would keep harmless people out of jail. Opponents say marijuana is just as dangerous as any other drug and should remain illegal.</p><p>The arguments are heating up.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:43:29 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 29477 at Patrick Kennedy endorses Seth Magaziner for RI Gen. Treasurer <p>Former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy has endorsed Seth Magaziner &nbsp;for the Democratic nomination for Rhode Island state general treasurer.</p><p>In a news release, Kennedy said, ``I am proud to support Seth because I know he is the best candidate to move Rhode Island forward.’’</p><p>Kennedy also said, ``Not only will bring a steady hand to the state’s finances, he will bring new energy and fresh ideas that will put Rhode Islanders to work and make our state competitive in the 21<sup>st</sup> Century economy.’’</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 21:53:45 +0000 Scott MacKay 28246 at Patrick Kennedy And Wife Amy Welcome New Daughter <p>Patrick Kennedy and his wife Amy have announced the arrival of their new daughter, Nora Kara Kennedy. She was born today at 3:11 p.m. and weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces. Harper and Owen were reported to be thrilled to meet their new baby sister. Amy and the baby are both doing well, according to Kennedy family sources. In a week of the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's death, this is joyous news for the Kennedys.</p><p></p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 21:09:52 +0000 Scott MacKay 25076 at Feds Finalize Mental Health Parity Rules; State Implications Under Review <p>Most health insurance plans must now cover mental health and addiction treatment the same way they cover medical benefits. A trio of federal agencies has issued the final rule on how to implement the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008. Former congressman Patrick Kennedy says the act he co-sponsored is only a beginning for better mental health treatment.</p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 21:36:48 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 24539 at Patrick Kennedy Unveils New Mental Healthcare Initiative <p>Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy on Wednesday announced a new initiative to improve mental health care for Americans.</p><p>Despite progress, Kennedy says Americans with mental illness still face discrimination and a heightened risk for suicide. He plans to launch a new effort called the Kennedy Forum to address these and similar problems. Kennedy said part of the answer is implementing a 2008 law meant to ensure parity in insurance coverage for mental health care issues.</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 12:26:57 +0000 Ian Donnis 18989 at Patrick Kennedy Announces New Mental Health Initiative <p>Former Congressman <a href="">Patrick J. Kennedy </a>plans to launch a new effort later this year, known as <a href="">the Kennedy Forum</a>, to advocate for continued improvement on mental health issues.</p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 16:16:48 +0000 Ian Donnis 18938 at Obama Praises Former Rhode Island Lawmaker Patrick Kennedy <p>President Obama praised former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy for his support of legislation that made mental health coverage mandatory on health insurance policies.</p><p>The president’s remarks came Monday at the White House National Conference on Mental Health. In his opening remarks, the president praised several individuals, including Kennedy, who struggled with bipolar disorder and substance abuse during his years representing Rhode Island.</p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 13:09:32 +0000 Flo Jonic 16315 at Patrick Kennedy to stump for Cicilline <p>Former 1<sup>st</sup> District Rep. Patrick Kennedy will campaign with Congressman David Cicilline in the run up to the Sept. 11<sup>th</sup> Democratic primary for U.S. House in the 1<sup>st</sup> District.</p> Mon, 27 Aug 2012 16:36:45 +0000 Scott MacKay 8772 at