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New R.I. law expands support for overdose, mental health patients

PROVIDENCE – Patients hospitalized in Rhode Island for an overdose or mental health emergency may now receive further support after their discharge, thanks to...
LUNCH PICKUP: Dweight Davidson, left, of Ashland, Mass., gets his lunch every day at Ocean State Sandwich on Westminster Street in Providence. Owner Eric Handwerger hands it to him in a plastic bag. Soon, Handwerger will have to eliminate his use of plastic bags, as Mayor Jorge O. Elorza has signed an ordinance approved by the City Council banning single-use plastic bags at retail locations in the city.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Providence latest to ban plastic bags

Ocean State Sandwich Co., a downtown Providence restaurant, uses the ubiquitous, pale white, single-use plastic bags for most takeout customers.But owner Eric Handwerger and...

Miller, McNamara seek state-level Affordable Care Act protections

PROVIDENCE – Senate Health and Human Services Committee Chairman Joshua Miller, D-Cranston, and House Health, Education and Welfare Committee Chairman Joseph M. McNamara, D-Warwick,...

Five Questions With: Joshua Miller

Sen. Joshua Miller, D-Cranston, is chairman of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, a member of the Senate Committee on Environment &...
NEW TECH: Dr. Stephen M. Montaquila, an optometrist at West Bay Eye Associates in Warwick, helped draft a bill regulating the use of vision-test apps, in part to ensure they aren’t used to skirt the healthy requirement for routine eye exams. / PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

Optometrists, vision-test app makers don’t see eye to eye

Local optometrists are arguing for “standard of care” regulation of online vision tests for corrective lens prescription renewals, rules branded protectionist by manufacturers, pitting...

Feds toughen marijuana stance

When Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently signaled that federal prosecutors may once again enforce U.S. law in prosecuting people involved in the cultivation, distribution...
SEN. JOSHUA MILLER, D-Cranston, is chairman of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, a member of the Senate Committee on Environment & Agriculture and the Democratic caucus policy chair./ COURTESY WWW.JOSHUAMILLER.ORG

Five Questions With: Joshua Miller

Sen. Joshua Miller, D-Cranston, is chairman of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, a member of the Senate Committee on Environment &...
SURPLUS: With most Rhode Island hospitals experiencing a decline in patients since 2006, and falling demand for inpatient services, the state has a surplus of hospital beds. Shown above is a patient room from The Miriam Hospital in Providence. / COURTESY ­LIFESPAN CORP.

Hospital demand falls, industry groups differ on whether to embrace trend

Officials and an expert analysis agree Rhode Island has a hospital-bed surplus coupled with a trend toward diminishing demand for inpatient services, but local...
FOLLOW-UP: Sam Slade, center, vice president employer segment, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, and Melissa Cummings, right, senior vice president, chief customer officer, BCBSRI, talk with attendees following the PBN Health Care Summit on Oct. 5. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

‘Creative’ changes to ACA possible, but repeal dead

Affordable Care Act reform is more likely than repeal, and employers should take better advantage of cost-saving, health-plan tools in the meantime, according to...

Living to fight another day on historic tax credits

Historic-preservation advocates had hoped for more to celebrate this past week.Yes, the life of the state’s Historic Preservation Tax Credit program appeared to have...
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