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WITH CARE NEW ENGLAND HEALTH SYSTEM looking to make a merger or acquisition deal, new legislation approved by the General Assembly adds new rules in order for such a transaction to be approved. Pictured is Care New England's Women & Infants Hospital in Providence. / COURTESY WOMEN & INFANTS HOSPITAL

Will R.I. legislation on hospital mergers, acquisitions scare off suitors?

The state review process for buying or selling hospitals in Rhode Island is going to get tougher under newly approved legislation. Meanwhile, one of the...

R.I. becomes 19th state to legalize recreational marijuana

PROVIDENCE – With the stroke of Gov. Daniel J. McKee's pen on Wednesday, Rhode Island became the 19th state to legalize and regulate recreational...

What’s in a legislative bill’s name? Confusion usually

President Joe Biden caught flak a few weeks ago when he released his infrastructure plan and named it the American Jobs Plan. Republicans said he...
Donald Nokes

Don’t jump to conclusions on telemedicine

As one of many business owners who pay more for health insurance than for any other expense besides payroll, I know firsthand that we...
ALL IN ONE BASKET: Heather Retberg collects eggs at the Quill’s End Farm in Penobscot, Maine, in this 2016 file photo. Debate is heating up in Maine over state legislation that requires cage-free facilities for chickens that lay eggs for commercial consumption.  / AP FILE PHOTO/ROBERT F. BUKATY

Maine mulls legislation mandating cage-free eggs

Maine might join a growing number of states that require cage-free facilities for chickens that lay eggs for commercial consumption, but some industry advocates...

Battle looms over R.I. nursing home bill

State legislation that would hike pay rates for certified nursing assistants, would require nursing home caregivers to spend more time with each resident and...
Joan Retsinas

The new health mantra for 2020: Think locally

Forget the federal government, no longer the champion of health. It’s more of an adversary. Healthwise, the motto for 2020 is: think locally. Here are...

Let businesses tap virtual net metering

For years, Rhode Island’s business community has been raising alarms over rising electricity costs and their impact on our ability to hire more workers...
AARON REGUNBERG, R.I. Representative, D-ProvidencePBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

5Q: Aaron Regunberg

1 What is carbon pricing? Carbon pricing is a market-based approach to climate action. Here’s how our legislation works: It places a fee on carbon...
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