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In UnitedHealthcare’s annual list of America’s healthiest states, the America’s 2013 Health Rankings, Rhode Island slid three spots to No. 19 from its adjusted 2012 ranking at No. 16. The study, released Wednesday, found that the Ocean State ranked in the top 10 on three of 30 measures, but ranked poorly on measures such as drug deaths, preventable hospitalizations and socioeconomic health disparity. more
In response to continued criticism of Obamacare by Republican members of Congress, the White House released figures Thursday for each state, including Rhode Island, illustrating the effect that a repeal of the Affordable Care Act would have locally. more
The Mass. Executive Office of Health and Human Services announced the selection of the first 20 registered marijuana dispensaries on Friday, including two in Bristol County. more
The National League of Cities, a coalition of more than 19,000 cities, villages and towns across the country, has awarded the city of Providence a $30,000 grant to develop an outreach campaign to enroll children and families in RIte Care, the state’s Medicaid-managed care program for economically disadvantaged families. more
(Updated, 2:10 p.m.) Recent analysis of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services data suggests HealthSource RI may be one of the most successful health care exchanges in the country. more
Daniel Shedd, president of Taylor Box Co. in Warren, is optimistic about the long-term prospects of HealthSource RI, the state’s new health-benefits exchange, and expects most small businesses will eventually use it to get insurance. more
According to a new state report, Rhode Island’s commercial health-insurance carriers increased their primary care spending by 37.2 percent between 2008 and 2012. more
In the five weeks ended Feb. 8, 4,742 people enrolled in private plans through Rhode Island’s health care exchange, bringing the total number of HealthSource RI enrollments to 16,512. Medicaid enrollments totaled 35,821, climbing 80 percent from the 19,941 enrollments reported as of Jan. 4. more
The ongoing need to contain costs amid the upheaval of a changing health care landscape will be a central theme of the Feb. 27 Providence Business News summit on health care reform and the insurance exchange. more
Newport Hospital recently received the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition, nursing’s highest distinction, for the third time. more
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