Dozens of bills have been introduced in the General Assembly this session that, if passed, could affect your health, your family's health, or the state's health care system.
Some are sweeping, like Senators Miller, Ottiano, Goldin, Cool Rumsey, and Nesselbush's "Rhode Island Health Care Reform Act of 2013 (S 0540)," which would, in part, require more transparency in health care pricing and boost the supply of primary care providers. Some are smaller in scale, like Representatives McNamara, Malik, Lima, and Shekarchi's "Adequacy of the Blood Supply in Rhode Island" bill (H 6095), which would more tightly regulate which entities can collect and process blood in the state.
There's lots to follow, but I'm personally tracking 23 different bills in the House and Senate. I'll report on what happens toward the end of the session, sometime in June.
If there's a particular piece of health-related legislation you're interested in, let me know. I might include it in my round up! In the meantime, if you'd like to track a particular bill yourself, try the General Assembly's online bill tracker, or check the agendas of the Senate and House health committees, where some of these important bills have been or have yet to be heard.