Jane Hayward

Hospitals have gotten most of the attention when it comes to Ebola preparedness. But at a recent hearing for state lawmakers, questions were raised about the readiness of community-based health care providers to deal with the threat. 


Rhode Island’s community health centers are kicking off a push Monday to educate their patients about the upcoming health insurance exchange. The entire congressional delegation is helping out.

Last year nearly 135,000 Rhode Islanders visited a community health center, and 32 percent of them lacked insurance coverage. Jane Hayward, CEO of the Rhode Island Health Center Association, said that’s why community health centers will play a key role in educating uninsured Rhode Islanders about their options on the state’s new insurance exchange which will be up and running October 1st.