Kristin Gourlay

Health Care Reporter

Kristin Espeland Gourlay joined Rhode Island Public Radio in July 2012. Before arriving in Providence, Gourlay covered the environment for Louisville, KY’s NPR station. And prior to that, she was a reporter and host for Wyoming Public Radio.

Gourlay earned her MS from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and her BA in anthropology from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR.

She’s won multiple national, regional, and local awards for her reporting, and her work has aired on NPR and stations throughout the country. She’s particularly proud of the variety of protective clothing she’s had to wear on assignment, including helmets, waders, safety goggles, and snowshoes.

Originally from Chicago, IL, Gourlay loves making music, cooking, and spending time with her husband, daughter, dogs, and cat.

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The Pulse
1:58 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Have Your Say About Health Insurance Rates

Health insurers have filed their requests for rate increases (or, in one case, decreases!) for the coming year (effective January 2015). The Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner reviews those requests to make sure they're fair, and then issues a ruling, probably by mid-July. Before then, you have an opportunity to weigh in.

Here are the details on those opportunities, plus OHIC's summary of what insurers have requested.

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The Pulse
3:46 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Do You Want To Know If You're At Risk For Alzheimer's?

And if you were, would you want to know?

That's the ethical dilemma researchers at Butler Hospital and about 60 other sites nationwide will be grappling with as they recruit participants for a new clinical trial.

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Health Care
3:20 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Butler Kicks Off Alzheimer's Prevention Drug Trial

Butler Hospital, in Providence
Credit Butler Hospital

Researchers at Butler Hospital in Providence have kicked off a nationwide trial of a drug they hope will help prevent Alzheimer's. The trial marks a shift in Alzheimer's research.

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Health Care
5:05 am
Mon June 9, 2014

RI Food Bank: First (Slight) Decline In Need Since Recession

The food bank says it has seen the first (slight) decline in demand since 2008.
Credit RIPR FILE

This month, the number of Rhode Islanders seeking help from a statewide network of food pantries has declined. It’s the first decline, says Rhode Island Community Food Bank spokeswoman Cindy Elder, since the beginning of the economic recession in 2008.

“It’s not quite a reason to rejoice because we’re still really at remarkable high levels of need for food assistance.”

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Health Care
5:59 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Debrief: The Debate Over Sustaining HealthSource RI

HealthSource RI director Christy Ferguson believes the state should not join the federal exchange.
Credit RIPR FILE

State lawmakers have plenty of competing priorities to consider as they wrap up the legislative session. One of those is what to do with the state’s health insurance exchange, HealthSource RI. Health care reporter Kristin Gourlay joins host Dave Fallon to talk about the lively debate that's developed around this question of whether to keep HealthSource going or scrap it and default to the federal health insurance exchange, healthcare.gov.

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Health Care
4:36 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Lt. Gov. Defends HealthSource RI

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.

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Health Care
8:43 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Supporters Of Recreational Marijuana To Make Their Case At Statehouse

Advocates for the sale of recreational marijuana to adults lobby lawmakers at the statehouse Tuesday.
Credit RIPR FILE

Supporters of legalizing the retail sale of marijuana to adults will make their case at the statehouse Tuesday.  It’s not the first time lawmakers have attempted to decriminalize pot.

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The Pulse
1:07 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Fla. Based Conservative Group Weighing In On HealthSource RI

As you may know, there's a debate in the Rhode Island Statehouse over how to fund the state's online health insurance marketplace, HealthSource RI, after the Obamacare money runs out. Some say the $17 - $23 million dollar price tag to fund the site, customer service reps and centers, and infrastructure needed to negotiate for health insurance plans for sale on the site is just too much for a state with anemic coffers.

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Health Care
5:00 am
Mon June 2, 2014

RI Health Care Sector Expected To Grow 16%; More RNs Needed

The state expects to see a shortage of nurses in the coming years.
Credit Aaron Read

Rhode Island will face a shortage of nurses in the next 10 to 15 years. But the state may need even more lower level health care workers.

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Health Care
2:51 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Health Dept. Approves CharterCare, Prospect Deal

The Rhode Island Health Department has approved the affiliation of CharterCare with the California-based for-profit Prospect Medical Holdings. The state’s attorney general approved the deal last week.

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