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Study: R.I. ranked 20th-worst state for nursing home staffing in U.S.

PROVIDENCE – As nursing facilities nationwide are facing shortages, Rhode Island ranked as the 20th-worst state for senior care staffing, according to a recent...

Kicked off Medicaid: Millions at risk as states trim rolls 

WASHINGTON (AP) – Days out from a surgery and with a young son undergoing chemotherapy, Kyle McHenry was scrambling to figure out if his...
PREPPING FOR CHANGE: Lindsay Lang, director of HealthSource RI, says the organization is taking steps to ease the change in health care coverage for the hundreds of people who will no longer be eligible for Medicare. 
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Medicaid renewals put state leaders on alert

Lindsay Lang feels a certain amount of pride that the rate of Rhode Islanders with health insurance coverage is among the highest in the...
RARE BREED: Dr. Thomas Bledsoe, a general internist and primary care physician at Brown Medicine’s East Providence Primary Care, says finding a primary care doctor such as him has become difficult for people in need of a new physician. Bledsoe is also president of the Rhode Island Medical Society.
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How to cure shortage of primary care docs?

When the phone rings at East Providence Primary Care, chances are there is someone in search of a new doctor on the other end. It...

UMass ‘vaccine corps’ needs to be replicated

The U.S. faces one of the most consequential public health campaigns in history right now: to vaccinate the population against COVID-19 and, especially, to...
THE PAPER TRAIL: Melissa Szymanski sits with some of her medical bills at home in Glastonbury, Conn. Szymanski got sick earlier this year and wound up with a $3,200 bill because she wasn’t diagnosed initially with COVID-19. Later, tests showed she had it, and she is fighting to have her bills reduced. / AP PHOTO/JESSICA HILL

Coverage safety net has plenty of holes

COVID-19 can do more than torment patients physically. It also clobbers some financially. Even though many insurers and the U.S. government have offered to pick...
LIASON: Dr. Matthew Smith, a physiatrist at University Orthopedics, acts as a Medicare/Medicaid liaison for doctors. He is trying to educate his peers on value-based care. / PBN PHOTO/
MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. doctor takes role urging value-based care

Dr. Matthew Smith spends most of his time working with patients, helping them heal from painful conditions that affect muscles and bones. A physiatrist at...
PRESCRIPTION DRUG costs for some seniors on Medicare are expected to significantly jump next year due to an expiring element of the Affordable Care Act. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DHIRAJ SINGH

Drug costs for some U.S. seniors to rise by hundreds of...

NEW YORK – Senior citizens with high prescription drug costs are facing hundreds of dollars in additional expenses next year, according to a new...
RETIREMENT OPTIONS: Glenn King, FM Global’s manager of employee benefits, meets with staff. From left, foreground, are Tricia Fay, North America benefits manager, and Jill Goodman, retirement plans manager. From left, background, are Carole Williamson, manager health and welfare plans, and King. FM Global offers both a 401(k) plan and a pension plan to its employees.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Small businesses struggle to afford basic benefits for employees, survey finds

To the victors, go the spoils. That’s an old truism, especially for employers who win the battle for greater market share. Large companies such as...
THE U.S. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES department said it would cut the Affordable Care Act’s advertising budget by 90 percent. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

Trump cuts to Obamacare’s ads threaten law’s fragile markets

NEW YORK - The Trump administration’s plan to slash spending on getting people to sign up for Obamacare will further undermine the law’s already...
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