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PROVIDENCE – On the eve of the 49th anniversary of the signing of Medicare and Medicaid into law, new information released recently by the federal Department of Health and Human Services shows that Rhode Islanders with Medicare have saved $35,237,763 on prescription drugs as a result of the Affordable Care Act. Nationally, more than 8.2 million seniors and people with disabilities with Medicare continue to enjoy prescription-drug savings as a result of the Affordable Care Act, saving $11.5 billion since 2010. more
PROVIDENCE – With funding having been found at the last minute during this year’s budgetary sessions at the Statehouse, the state’s Boston-based poison-control services have been extended through June 2015. more
Gilead Sciences Inc. agreed to make its hepatitis C medicines the exclusive treatments for CVS Health Corp. customers, intensifying a drug-industry rivalry to win patients for the $1,000-a-day medicines. more
The Annals of Family Medicine has published an article showing that women with a history of pregnancy loss are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease later in adulthood than other women. The work was completed by physicians in the Center for Primary Care and Prevention at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. more
The Lifespan nonprofit health care system generated total operating revenue of $1.7 billion in 2013, with total operating expenses of $1.72 billion and net income of $17 million, according to Lifespan’s annual financial statement. more
Practicing surgeon from Providence discusses his new book, “The Cost of Cutting: A Surgeon Reveals the Truth Behind a Multibillion-Dollar Industry.” more
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a statement discouraging the use of laparoscopic power breaking up and removal of the uterus or uterine fibroids, a recommendation Women & Infants urogynecologist Dr. Charles Rardin is arguing against. more
The Comprehensive Cancer Center of Rhode Island together with The Miriam Hospital and Newport Hospitals will host Avenues of Healing’s “The Healing Power of Humor,” an educational and entertaining event about managing stress, cancer care and surviving. more
The Rhode Island Consortium for Autism Research and Treatment, a group of the state’s leading experts on autism research, education, health and services, is currently enrolling new participants in its confidential statewide registry. more
The R.I. Executive Office of Health and Human Services announced that it will allow families to extend RIte Care coverage immediately as opposed to waiting for their renewal notices. more
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