Lynn Arditi

Healthcare Reporter

Arditi joins RIPR after more than three decades as a reporter, including 28 years at the Providence Journal, where she has covered a variety of beats, most recently health care. A native of New York City, she graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in government and has worked as a staff writer for The Center for Investigative Reporting in Washington, D.C. and as a reporter for the former Holyoke Transcript-Telegram in Massachusetts.

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Large crowds of marchers packed the Rhode Island State House steps and lawn on Saturday, the one-year anniversary of the Women's March to protest the inauguration of President Donald Trump. 

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Governor Gina Raimondo has proposed cutting more than $70 million in state funding for Medicaid, the government health insurance for low-income residents, while preserving eligibility for the nearly one in three residents in the program.

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Brown University and a California for-profit hospital chain announced Thursday plans to make a rival bid for Rhode Island’s second-largest health system, Care New England.

The Ivy League university’s partnership with Prospect Medical Holdings comes as Care New England is negotiating a sale to the Boston-based Partners HealthCare.  

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Two private foundations announced Thursday donations totaling $95,000 to support Rhode Island’s efforts to expand the state’s foster care system.

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A not-for-profit prisoners' rights group is suing Massachusetts Bristol County Sheriff’s Office for holding prisoners with serious mental illness in segregation cells.

CVS Health expects the new federal tax law will save the company more than $1 billion this year.

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The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a second class-action lawsuit against the state over problems related to its public benefits system, known as UHIP.

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The normally bustling docks along New Bedford harbor were practically deserted Tuesday as an arctic cold front kept some boats off the water.

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Rhode Island health officials on Thursday approved Care New England’s plan to close Memorial Hospital’s emergency department, effectively shutting down the hospital.

The decision, effective Monday, includes a number of conditions – such as maintaining a walk-in clinic open seven days a week in Pawtucket -- designed to ensure services to area residents and off-set costs associated with transporting patients to other hospitals, according to a statement released by the state Department of Health.

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Care New England Health System and Massachusetts-based Partners HealthCare announced Wednesday that they have agreed to extend the deadline for reaching agreement on a proposed merger through January 2018.

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More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, including some 23,000 Rhode Islanders. 

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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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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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Care New England Health System will continue to employ as many as 200 people in Pawtucket after the planned closure of Memorial Hospital.   

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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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