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Lots of sound and fury on U.S. debt, but not a...

WASHINGTON (AP) – For all the sound and fury about raising the nation's debt limit, most economists say federal borrowing is not at a...

Record 16.3M seek health coverage through ‘Obamacare’ 

WASHINGTON (AP) – A record 16.3 million people sought health insurance through the Affordable Care Act this year, double the number covered when the marketplaces first...
STATE LEADERS ARE in a good financial position with a $610 million surplus projected for fiscal 2023, but some say a lot of that money is because several state agencies have been understaffed and overworked. / PBN FILE PHOTO/CASSIUS SHUMAN

Some R.I. officials say job vacancies a big part of projected...

The projected $610 million budget surplus awaiting the General Assembly and the administration of Gov. Daniel J. McKee has been the subject of speculation...
CUSTOM TREATMENT: Normand Audette, of Cumberland, had some of his lung tissue tested for biomarkers that allowed doctors to develop the most effective way to battle his cancer. Starting in 2024, such advanced testing will be covered by health insurers in Rhode Island. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. requires insurers cover biomarker testing

Dizziness, memory loss, anxiety and a perpetually swollen left foot and ankle are among the side effects Normand Audette has experienced from taking an...

CNE protects jobs but for how long?

Care New England Health System’s leaders say they’ve finally found a set of financial projections they think can help keep the state’s second-biggest hospital...

Nursing homes to get $30M boost

Rhode Island’s nursing home industry has been ravaged during the COVID-19 pandemic, but some financial help appears to be on the way. The state budget...
ON DUTY: From left, Kathleen Gerber, executive director at Cherry Hill Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation in Johnston; Donna LaBonte, a certified nursing assistant; and Dorothy Bishop, a medical technician, check computer records at the nursing home. Cherry Hill and most other Rhode Island nursing homes are struggling through financial difficulties made worse by a severe labor shortage. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

CODE RED: Amid closures, nursing homes fight for survival

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring of 2020, the staff at Cherry Hill Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Johnston...

EOHHS: Medicaid to cover doula, community health workers services

CRANSTON – Doula and community health worker services are now covered by Medicaid in Rhode Island after receiving federal approval from the Centers for...

RIHCA urges suspension of nursing home minimum staffing law

PROVIDENCE – According to the Rhode Island Health Care Association, nursing homes in the Ocean State are about to face millions in fines for...

R.I. Senate passes bill extending postpartum Medicaid coverage for low-income women

PROVIDENCE – Legislation aimed at improving the health of low-income new mothers has passed in the R.I. Senate. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Maryellen Goodwin,...
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