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The Rhode Island House budget vote is monkeying with our column-writing schedule, so this week's TGIF is a bit abbreviated. But we're still checking the pulse of Ocean State politics and appreciate your stopping by. Your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

Rhode Island state Sen. Louis DiPalma (D-Middletown) joins Political Roundtable to discuss fallout from recent issues at the state Executive Office of Health and Human Services, the House version of the state budget, and the intensifying race for governor.

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With a potentially costly legal dispute settled between the state of Rhode Island and a group of nursing homes, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said Tuesday that he remains concerned about management issues in the state Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

Just another quiet week in the Biggest Little. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo outlined a series of steps Friday in responding to a potentially costly legal mistake by a former lawyer for the state Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

Rival candidates for governor continued pressing attacks against Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo Wednesday amid fallout from a potentially costly legal case, while Raimondo's campaign pointed to economic improvements in the state during her time in office.

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Health and Human Services make up a little more than 40 percent of Governor Gina Raimondo’s proposed 2018 budget. There are no huge surprises in this year’s recommendations, but much uncertainty over the fate of federal health care funding.

DCYF Chief Stepping Down; National Search Begins

Sep 9, 2016
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The acting head of the Rhode Island’s Department of Children, Youth, and Families is leaving her post. She’s the third Health and Human Services agency leader to step down in less than a few months.

BHDDH Director Maria Montanaro Resigns

Jun 2, 2016
Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Maria Montanaro, head of the state’s behavioral health agency, is stepping down at the end of this month. The Executive Office of Health and Human Services announced Montanaro’s resignation today; no reason was given.

Current Deputy Director Rebecca Boss has been tapped to serve as acting director of the department of Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals while the agency looks for new leadership.

Governor Gina Raimondo appointed Montanaro to lead the behavioral health agency 18 months ago.

APCD Council, a collaboration between the University of New Hampshire and the National Association of Health Data Organizations

Rhode Island now has access to a new source of information about health care activities and costs. The All Payer Claims Database launches this week- "all payer" meaning that it includes information from every health insurer, Medicaid, and Medicare. It's intended to help state agencies and researchers find out more about what works and what doesn’t in health care, where health care dollars are going, and track trends.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

A budget proposal is like a map, showing you where an agency wants to invest more money, and where it plans to cut. It reveals an administration’s priorities for the future– and holds them accountable for what they did or didn’t accomplish in the past. I’ll be your tour guide for this year’s health and human services proposal.

Medicaid Director Gifford Steps Down

Sep 29, 2015
Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Rhode Island’s Medicaid director, Dr. Deidre Gifford, is stepping down. A search for her replacement is underway.

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