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Rhode Islanders have until the end of the month to sign up for health coverage for 2018 under the Affordable Care Act.

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Care New England Health System announced Friday it has taken steps to protect the retirement pensions for 2,060 current and former Memorial Hospital employees after the hospital’s planned closure.

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Accidental drug overdose deaths in Rhode Island fell 9 percent during the first eight months of this year, compared with the same period in 2016. Gov. Gina Raimondo called it a hopeful sign in the fight against opioid addiction and death. But she cautioned Rhode Island has a lot more work to do. Health Reporter Lynn Arditi and RIPR's Elisabeth Harrison break down the newly released data.

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Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo on Tuesday cited a 9 percent decline in drug overdose deaths through August of this year as evidence that the state is making progress in tackling the opioid epidemic.

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Rhode Island’s health director on Monday approved a request by Prime Healthcare Services to convert Landmark Medical Center back to nonprofit status.

The move enables Prime to avoid paying millions of dollars in property taxes to Woonsocket and North Smithfield, where the company runs an affiliated rehab hospital.

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Last week we met Rhode Islanders waiting outside the state Department of Human Services because of problems with benefits like food stamps and Medicaid. The shift to a new online system left thousands of people without the assistance they count on. One woman, Elizabeth Vanover, says doctors bills have been piling up since the state cut off her Medicaid.

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The start of the month is an important time for Son Sam, a 62-year-old grandmother. That’s when she gets her food stamps. But this month, she didn’t get any.

So, on the first Monday in December, Sam and scores of other people lined up outside the state Department of Human Services in Providence.

Brown Reports Four Students Contracted Mumps

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Four Brown University students have contracted the mumps, the latest in a series of outbreaks on college campuses across the country.

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CVS Health’s chief executive says the Woonsocket-based company’s $69 billion bid to acquire health insurer Aetna will be good for consumers – and Rhode Island’s governor seems to agree.

But health industry experts say there are reasons to be skeptical.

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Lifespan, Rhode Island’s largest hospital system, reported it ended fiscal 2017 with operating earnings of $14.6 million.

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Care New England Health System announced plans Tuesday to relocate Brown University’s medical residency programs to Kent Hospital in Warwick after Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket closes.

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Uncertainty shrouds the future of Care New England Health System, which this week moved one step closer to closing Pawtucket Memorial Hospital when it stopped accepting patients into its intensive care unit.

But a top Care New England executive says Memorial employees can rest assured about one thing: their pension plan.

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Rhode Island Hospital has won a nearly $8 million grant to build a program to address disparities in health outcomes among children with asthma.

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Care New England Health System closed Memorial Hospital’s intensive care unit Monday, prompting accusations by the hospital’s union that it violated state regulatory procedures.

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Inside a conference center in Cranston, Robert Collington tried to find out what he’ll have to pay for his health plan come January. He’d come to the state’s open enrollment fair to meet with a health insurance navigator, who was helping him sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

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