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BETTER ACCESS: Following 10 other states and the District of Columbia, Rep. Camille F.J. Vella-Wilkinson, D-Warwick, has introduced a bill that would allow pharmacists to prescribe birth control, to improve women’s access to contraceptives.
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Should pharmacists prescribe birth control?

A proposal to allow Rhode Island pharmacists to prescribe birth control is intended to increase access to contraceptives by eliminating the need for a...

Employers getting ‘skin’ in job training

Part of Rhode Island’s economic future depends on the state’s ability to keep pushing the envelope on job training, and that includes getting employers...
UPENDED MARKET: Ali Sanfilippo, a real estate paralegal at Sayer, Regan & Thayer in Newport, lives in New Bedford with her boyfriend. The couple is looking to move to Rhode Island but is having trouble finding apartments for rent. That’s partly due to an upending of the rental market that has seen investors and homeowners transform former year-round rentals into short-term units for services such as Airbnb.
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Adapt to disruptors – or perish? New players are disrupting a...

Where have all the apartments gone? On Aquidneck Island, and particularly Newport, the listing of an affordable, livable, two-bedroom home now draws a frenzy...
CVS HEALTH is testing telemedicine orthodontics in 100 stores. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL NAGLE

CVS Health testing telemedicine orthodontics in 100 stores

WOONSOCKET — CVS Health Corp. is testing telemedicine orthodontics in about 100 of its stores with SmileDirectClub, a startup connecting patients with licensed dentists...
PIPE FITTER: Michael Stuba trains to become a pipe fitter for General Dynamics Electric Boat through a Westerly Education Center program put on by the Community College of Rhode Island. / PBN FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

Boost for school construction, job training

The Ocean State had its eyes on the public school system this past year, as two statewide ballot requests for funding, not to mention...
INCREASED ENROLLMENT: Aaliyah Perez is a customer service representative at HealthSource RI’s Walk-in Center in East Providence. The state’s health exchange had enrolled 31,771 people for health care insurance as of Dec. 10, 11 percent higher than on the same date in 2017.
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Partnerships, high-profile merger plan lead the way in health care

2018 began with health risks, routine and unforeseen, and proposed partnerships, and ended with uncertainty over the fate of the $78 billion merger of...
WALGREENS HAS UNVEILED a cost-cutting plan to save $1 billion a year within three years. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/AKASHA RABUT

Walgreens to cut costs sharply as drugstore faces challenges

NEW YORK - Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. shares declined Thursday after mediocre quarterly results and a new cost-cutting plan that raised concerns about how the...
CVS HEALTH announced it expects its acquisition of Aetna to close after Thanksgiving pending the approval to two states. One state that has yet to approve the deal is New York. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/CHRISTOPHER LEE

CVS expects Aetna acquisition to close after Thanksgiving; two state reviews...

WOONSOCKET – Lingering approvals from New York and one other state will delay the closing of CVS Health Corp.’s $68 billion acquisition of Aetna...

From disengaged to strength leader

The effort to tap into workers’ intrinsic strengths is taking root across Rhode Island, fueled by training and tours offered through Leadership Rhode Island.The...
CVS HEALTH received a B+ from the D.C.-based advocacy group Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families for its policies and practices regarding the reduction and elimination of potentially dangerous chemicals from its inventory. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/CHRISTOPHER LEE

CVS garners B+ in chemical elimination effort from advocacy group

WOONSOCKET –  CVS Health Corp. was awarded a B+ by advocacy group Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families in a report published Wednesday examining the policies...
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