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Obamacare poised for booster shot

Health spending accounts for 18 percent of U.S. gross domestic product, and disagreements about government’s role in paying for these costs and ensuring coverage...

Why a work requirement hurts the poor

There’s been a lot of talk recently about adding work requirements for in-kind welfare programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which provides...
THE OFFICE OF THE Health Insurance Commissioner announced a partnership with the R.I. Executive Office of Health & Human Services, Brown University and the Peterson Center on Healthcare to examine health care cost trends in the state and establish a health care cost growth target.

Local health care costs target of new state collaboration

PROVIDENCE - The cost of health care in the Ocean State will be examined by a coalition of four academic, industry and state government...
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...
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