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INVESTING IN R.I.: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Matt Brown says Rhode Island should follow North Dakota in setting up a revenue-generating bank for the state. He says the lending bank would partner with local community groups and credit unions, with profits reinvested in the state. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO


Matt Brown wants R.I.’s governor to focus less on business interests...

Matt Brown, a longtime activist for social, educational and environmental causes, wants to bring that mission to the top level of state government next...
THE EXECUTIVE OFFICE of Health and Human Services has expanded Medicaid coverage for Direct Acting Anti-viral Drugs to include all Medicaid enrollees.

R.I. expands coverage of hepatitis C-fighting drugs to all Medicaid enrollees

PROVIDENCE — When Medicaid enrollee Michelle Giron was denied coverage for hepatitis C-curing drugs the second time in May, she and the Rhode Island...

NHPRI exiting Rhody Health Options program

PROVIDENCE – Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island has notified the R.I. Executive Office of Health and Human Services it will end its participation...
THE HOUSE APPROVED A $9.6 BILLION fiscal 2019 budget on Friday. / PBN FILE PHOTO/NICOLE DOTZENROD

House Finance Committee to consider 2019 state budget

PROVIDENCE – A key legislative committee on Friday is expected to take up revisions to the fiscal year 2019 state budget proposal released earlier...
ECONOMIC PROGRESS INSTITUTE Policy Director Linda Katz presents the EPI's "Medicaid Matters in Rhode Island 2018" report at the Statehouse. / COURTESY EPI

EPI report highlights importance of Medicaid to Rhode Islanders

PROVIDENCE – Without the billions of dollars the state budgets for Medicaid each year, Sara Braganca might not have found the resources to survive...

State to restore hospital charity care fund, Medicaid enrollment growing faster...

PROVIDENCE — Executive Office of Health and Human Services’ Medicaid Director Patrick Tigue has recommended increasing the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital funding to the...

EOHHS extends UHIP contract with Deloitte through March 2019

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Executive Office of Health and Human Services has extended its contract with Deloitte, the vendor responsible for the state’s Unified...
HOSPITAL LEADERS recently testified in opposition to proposed state cuts to the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital program. / PBN FILE PHOTO/NICOLE DOTZENROD

Hospital leaders testify against cutting state match to Medicaid funds

PROVIDENCE – On Thursday, hospital leaders from throughout the state testified at the House Committee on Finance’s Human Services Subcommittee hearing on the Executive...
THE FISCAL 2017 SINGLE AUDIT for Rhode Island consisted of 79 recommendations. Many of the issues were related to the RIBridges system, part of the UHIP computer overhaul. / COURTESY OFFICE OF THE AUDITOR GENERAL

R.I.’s Single Audit finds shortcomings in state IT planning, execution

PROVIDENCE – The lack of a state government strategic plan to replace and enhance key financial systems is but one conclusion reached in the...
THE EXECUTIVE OFFICE of Health and Human Services awarded $1.5 million to URI to create programs to train health care professionals of the future. / COURTESY URI

R.I. awards $1.3 million to URI for health care workforce training

SOUTH KINGSTOWN — Rhode Island’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services has awarded $1.3 million from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid...
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