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
3:08 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Are You Eligible for Health Care Tax Credits?

A new report from consumer health care advocacy group Families USA crunched the numbers, state by state. They found that almost 83,000 Rhode Islanders will be eligible for something called the "premium tax credit" in 2014. Families USA, by the way, calls itself nonpartisan, although some say the organization is biased because of its clear support for the Affordable Care Act.

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Health Care
12:01 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Insurance Commissioner Koller Stepping Down

Christopher Koller, at right
Credit Stew Milne

Rhode Island’s first health insurance commissioner, Christopher Koller, will be leaving his post this summer. Koller will be heading a foundation in New York City.

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Special Event
4:44 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Future Docs: Educating Doctors for a Changing Health Care Landscape

Rhode Island Public Radio presents a public forum hosted by the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University on Tuesday April 23, at the Alpert Medical School, 222 Richmond Street, Providence. There will be a reception from 6:00 - 7:00 pm, with a discussion from 7:00 - 8:00 pm.

The event is free, but an RSVP is appreciated.

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Health Care
3:42 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Health Insurers Seek Rate Hikes for 2014

Rhode Island health insurers have filed their requests for increases in premium rates next year. Some small businesses and individuals could see some significant hikes.

Small businesses could see their plan rates drop as much as 20 percent or spike as much as 40 percent. But the average Blue Cross increase is expected to be about 15 percent. Tufts asked for about 13 percent.

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Health Care
12:07 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

RI Blood Center Seeks Donors to Replenish Supply

The Rhode Island Blood Center shipped blood to Boston hospitals to help victims of the explosions at the marathon. Now, the Center is looking for Rhode Island donors, but not for emergencies.

The Center said in a statement that it doesn’t anticipate needing to send more units of blood to Boston hospitals. What went to Boston didn't come from emergency donations, but what was already on the shelves.

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The Pulse
10:03 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Coping with a Disaster

Everyone at RIPR is hoping you made it home safe today if you were on scene at the Boston Marathon. But even if you made it home without physical injuries, you might find yourself suffering from some completely understandable emotional trauma. Here are some resources to help you cope:

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The Pulse
4:15 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

AS220 Spotlights Health Care in Rhode Island

AS220 space on Empire Street in Providence
Credit AS220

AS220, the downtown arts organization, and the Roots Cafe are hosting three public panel discussions about health care in Rhode Island. And one of them features someone you might know from such illustrious places as... this blog! My predecessor here at RIPR, the delightful Megan Hall, is one of the panelists! Events take place at 5:30 pm on April 24, May 1, and May 8 at AS220 Cafe, 115 Empire Street, in Providence.

Details on the first two events:

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RI News
1:18 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Vets.RI.Gov: One-Stop-Shopping for RI Veterans

Rhode Island has unveiled a new, one-stop-shopping web site for veterans.

The new site brings together links and information about the range of services Rhode Island and the federal government offer veterans. From the home page, veterans can find links to Rhode Island college tuition programs, sign up for state and federal benefits, and even locate a service member’s grave.

Health Care
5:00 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Senate Judiciary to Hear Medical Marijuana Bill Changes

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

The senate judiciary committee is scheduled to hear a bill today that tightens the state’s medical marijuana program rules.

    

Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin proposed the changes that revise the amount of marijuana a patient can possess and grow.

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The Pulse
3:51 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

To NICS or Not to NICS? Mental Health, Guns, and Background Checks

Here's one piece of legislation proposed by Attorney General Peter Kilmartin today as part of a package of gun safety bills:

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