Calkin-Regunberg bill would establish first state single-payer health care system

SEN. JEANINE CALKIN, D-Warwick, and Rep. Aaron Regunberg, D-Providence, recently announced their introduction of legislation to provide all Rhode Islanders access to affordable health care by establishing a single-payer health care system in the state. / COURTESY JACK NEWTON
SEN. JEANINE CALKIN, D-Warwick, and Rep. Aaron Regunberg, D-Providence, recently announced their introduction of legislation to provide all Rhode Islanders access to affordable health care by establishing a single-payer health care system in the state. / COURTESY JACK NEWTON
PROVIDENCE – A bill co-sponsored by Sen. Jeanine Calkin, D-Warwick, and Rep. Aaron Regunberg, D-Providence, would establish a “Medicare-for-all” single-payer program that would replace multiple “middlemen” insurers with a single coverage provider, the Rhode Island Comprehensive Health Insurance Program. The program would be funded by consolidating government and private payments to multiple insurance carriers into a…

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