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McKee vows to raise incomes, shore up health care system, cut...

PROVIDENCE – Striking a note of optimism in the face of future deficits and the absence of unprecedented federal dollars in recent years, Gov....
SPEAKS WITH AUTHORITY: 
House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi talks before a joint legislative commission on plastic bottle waste before its meeting in December. Shekarchi has given caution signals about this year’s budget process because of a cloudy fiscal picture ahead. 
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Uneasy money: Worries about returning to deficits hang over General Assembly

The warning flags have been raised: Rhode Island legislators are about to return to reality. After two years of massive surpluses, state budget officials are...

Blue Cross notifies providers it is raising early intervention rates

PROVIDENCE – Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island notified early intervention providers that it will be increasing reimbursement rates beginning in February. In...
R.I. ATTORNEY GENERAL Peter F. Neronha has filed objections with the R.I. Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner responding to requests made by six health insurers to increase their rates next year. / COURTESY PETER F. NERONHA

Neronha files objections to health insurers’ rate increase requests

PROVIDENCE – R.I. Attorney General Peter F. Neronha announced Tuesday that he filed objections with the R.I. Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner in...

Business group awarded $300K to support health care payment reform

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The Rhode Island Business Group on Health has been awarded $300,000 by Arnold Ventures LLC, a philanthropic organization that looks to...
COVID COVERAGE: Dr. Philip Chan, consultant medical director at the R.I. Department of Health, says downgrading the emergency status for the COVID-19 pandemic will not change the availability of vaccines and treatments. 
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Health insurers will soon have option to start charging for COVID...

For the past three years, grabbing an over-the-counter or laboratory COVID-19 test has been easy, relatively quick and entirely free. But soon, some Rhode...
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. 
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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...

Study finds Lifespan-CNE merger would boost R.I. academic medicine industry

PROVIDENCE – An independent study commissioned by Brown University found that Rhode Island trails most of its neighboring states in the academic medicine industry. According...
LIFESPAN AND CARE NEW ENGLAND on Oct. 1 submitted a revised Hospital Conversion Act application related to their proposed merger agreement, in response to questions from the R.I. Department of Health and the R.I. Office of the Attorney General.

How confident are you that the latest proposed merger between Lifespan...

Lifespan Corp. and Care New England Health System earlier this year signed an agreement to merge into an integrated academic health system with Brown...

OHIC: Proposed hospital system merger has ‘significant implications’ for health care

PROVIDENCE – The proposed merger between Lifespan Corp. and Care New England Health System has significant implications for the affordability, access to and quality...
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