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Sometimes it’s hard to figure who’s in charge at the Rhode Island Statehouse. This year isn’t one of those times, as RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains. 

The American Health Care Act narrowly passed in the U.S. House Thursday. The bill had received only one vote more than the 216 required to move on to the Senate. The bill repeals most of former President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Under Obamacare, Rhode Island was able to insure more than 100,000 residents through Medicaid expansion.

Your Weekly Briefing: Health In Rhode Island, April 4

Apr 4, 2017
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What’s happening your health in Rhode Island, April 4:

Your Weekly Briefing: Health In Rhode Island, March 28

Mar 28, 2017
Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

What’s happening in your health in Rhode Island, March 28:

GOP HEALTH CARE PLAN: Rhode Island health officials are breathing a sigh of relief over the failure of the GOP plan to replace Obamacare. At stake was hundreds of millions of dollars in Medicaid funding, which meant the possible reduction in eligibility for the program or cuts to provider payments.

RI Leaders Relieved GOP Health Plan Off The Table

Mar 24, 2017
Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

  Rhode Island officials are breathing a collective sigh of relief that the plug has been pulled on the GOP health care plan to replace Obamacare. 

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Rhode Island health officials are busy analyzing the potential impacts of the Republican plan to replace Obamacare. Proposed funding cuts to Medicaid  - the health insurance program for the poor - could mean covering fewer people or reducing payments to health care providers.

Designing skateboards is just one of Luke Franco's gigs. He has just enough time before his next shift to chat at a café in downtown Providence, R.I.

"I work at the YMCA Monday through Friday with kindergartners through fifth graders. It's split shift; seven to nine, two to six daily," he says. "With the rest of my day, I also work at a local pizza place. And in addition to that, I also own and operate a small skateboard company."

But none of his jobs offers health insurance. I ask him if he worries about that.

The Pulse: Sherman On The Future Of HealthSource RI

Feb 16, 2017
Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Online health insurance marketplaces like Rhode Island’s HealthSource RI are a key feature of the Affordable Care Act. Nearly 30,000 Rhode Islanders buy health insurance plans through the exchange, and most receive some kind of federal subsidy to help pay for those plans. But Obamacare is under fire, and there’s a lot of uncertainty about these marketplaces. 


Senate Lawmakers Hear Impacts Of ACA Repeal

Feb 6, 2017
RIPR

State lawmakers plan a hearing Tuesday on the potential impacts of the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Health officials, consumers, and insurers are among those scheduled to testify.

Your Weekly Briefing: Health In Rhode Island, Jan. 31

Jan 31, 2017
Miriam Hospital

 What’s happening in health care in Rhode Island, Jan. 31:

OBAMACARE: Today is the last day to sign up for an Obamacare plan on HealthSource RI if you want to be covered this year. It’s not clear what will happen to Obamacare or the health insurance exchanges, but there have been reports that people who sign up for coverage on the exchanges for this year may be able to keep that coverage.

Governor Gina Raimondo joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss her concerns on the Trump administration, as well as a range of other issues, including jobs and the economy, education, and UHIP.

Courtesy Sheldon Whitehouse office

U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is introducing legislation to expand the Affordable Care Act. The bill comes just after President Donald Trump signed an executive order paving the way to repeal the health care act. It would create a public option, or a government negotiated health insurance plan, for people who want an alternative to commercial plans. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Kristin Gourlay spoke with Whitehouse about the bill and its chances in a Republican-led congress.

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After eight years in the White House, President Barack Obama is waving goodbye. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay recalls the first time he met Obama, back in 2007, when he was campaigning for the New Hampshire primary.


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As Republicans prepare to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a clear replacement, many Rhode Islanders are concerned about their future. Freelancers, artists, and adjunct professors are in a particularly precarious position, because they don’t have access to employer-sponsored health insurance. 

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