Medicaid

Health Care
6:00 am
Thu March 12, 2015

How Will Health Care Fare In The Governor's Budget?

Gov. Gina Raimondo is scheduled to deliver her first State of The State address tonight. The address will give Rhode Islanders their first look at the governor’s spending priorities for the coming fiscal year.

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On Politics
7:18 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Raimondo's Budget Challenge: Eliminate $190M Deficit While Boosting RI's Economy

Governor Raimondo gave a brief preview of her budget on Wednesday.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Rhode Island faces a big financial gap as Governor Gina Raimondo prepares to unveil her first budget Thursday. State law requires a balanced spending plan, and Raimondo has pledged to improve Rhode Island’s economy while wiping out the red ink. But that will be no easy task.

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The Pulse
3:32 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Experts To Brief Lawmakers On Hep C In RI; Cost Of Treatment Likely To Come Up During Budget Talks

Gilead Sciences' hepatitis C drug Sovaldi costs more than $80,000 for a full course of treatment. Gilead says it's justified because the drug has reportedly high cure rates.
Credit Gilead Sciences

Experts on hepatitis C will present to lawmakers next Tuesday about the disease and how to prevent its spread in the Ocean State. Their presentation comes as state officials look for ways to pay for the growing cost of hepatitis C medications.

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The Pulse
6:30 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Medicaid Faces Challenges Nationwide, But Few States Cutting Benefits

A working group appointed by Governor Gina Raimondo has just held its first meeting. Their task: to reinvent Medicaid, the state’s health insurance program for the poor. That means finding ways to cut costs as well as improve quality.

It’s a task many other states have taken on. Rhode Island Public Radio health care reporter Kristin Gourlay spoke with Medicaid policy analyst Laura Snyder from The Kaiser Family Foundation to find out what other states are doing. Snyder said they’re not necessarily cutting benefits.

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The Pulse
12:25 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Group To "Reinvent" Medicaid Kicks Off

Elisabeth Roberts, head of the Exec. Office of Health and Human Services, shows the Governor's Working Group to Reinvent Medicaid the key drivers behind the high cost of health care.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Gov. Gina Raimondo’s working group to "reinvent Medicaid" convened for the first time Monday night. The group’s task is to find savings and rein in spending to help close the state’s budget deficit.  Executive Office of Health and Human Services head Elizabeth Roberts highlighted some of the toughest financial challenges.

“Seven percent of Medicaid members, people we’re currently serving, are about 66 percent of our costs," said Roberts. "That is a truly jaw-dropping number.”

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The Pulse
11:21 am
Mon March 2, 2015

How Other States Are Trying To Cut Medicaid Costs

In Connecticut, Gov. Dannel Malloy has proposed deep cuts to Medicaid to help close a $1.3 billion dollar state budget deficit. Arielle Levin Becker reports in the CT Mirror about Malloy's proposal:

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Health Care
9:03 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Gov. Raimondo Tackles Rhode Island's High Medicaid Costs

Gov. Gina Raimondo signs executive order creating a group to tackle the state's high cost of medicaid.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Governor Gina Raimondo is asking a group of healthcare leaders to tackle the cost of Medicaid. The program provides healthcare for poor and elderly Rhode Islanders.

The per-patient cost for Medicaid in Rhode Island is the second highest in the nation, and the rising price tag is eating up too much of the state budget. That was the message from Governor Gina Raimondo, as she signed an executive order to create a working group on Medicaid.

Raimondo said if the state doesn’t address the issue, the consequences could be dire.

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On Politics
5:55 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

TGIF: 17 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Gift-getting, holiday cheer, staffing up and then -- boom! -- a New Year will be here, full of exciting stories yet to happen. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Feel free to drop me tips/comments at idonnis (at) ripr (org) and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Bonus Q&A: Miller On Trying to Reduce Healthcare Costs & More

State Senator Josh Miller (D-Cranston), chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee, joins Bonus Q&A to talk about efforts to reduce healthcare costs, the outlook for Governor-elect Gina Raimondo's relationship with the General Assembly, and other issues.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Political Roundtable: Miller on Curbing Medicaid Costs, Legalizing Marijuana & More

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

State Senator Josh Miller (D-Cranston) joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss Governor-elect Gina Raimondo's selection of Elizabeth Roberts to be the state's next secretary of Health and Human Services; the outlook for legalizing marijuana in Rhode Island; Raimondo's reversal in keeping the media out of an economic summit; and more.

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