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GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO said Thursday the state has cut the volume of regulations for businesses by almost one-third.
 / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Is Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s effort to reduce small business regulation...

Gov. Gina M. Raimondo recently announced that the state has reduced by almost one-third the volume of regulations affecting small businesses in Rhode Island....
THE TIME IS NOW: With the approval by the Justice Department of the CVS Health-Aetna merger, CVS President and CEO Larry J. Merlo will now have to deliver on the promise of the deal, including reining in the rising costs of health care delivery in the United States. / COURTESY CVS HEALTH

CVS-Aetna deal could be good

With the Justice Department’s approval of the CVS Health Corp.-Aetna Inc. merger, the nation is embarking on a new road in health care.The potential...
THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY reported that the number of air quality alert days in Rhode Island doubled year over year from the summer of 2017 to the summer of 2018.

EPA: Number of air quality alert days in R.I. doubles from...

PROVIDENCE – The number of air quality alert days in Rhode Island doubled from 2017 to 2018, according to the Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday.The...
CONCERNS ABOUT DATA BREACHES may be contributing to user growth at Facebook decelerating.

Facebook says security breach affected about 50 million accounts

SAN FRANCISCO – Facebook Inc. said it discovered a security breach earlier this week that affected almost 50 million accounts, the latest in a...
PARTNERS HEALTHCARE and Care New England have been granted an expedited review of their proposed merger under the Hospital Conversion Act by the R.I. Department of Health.

RIDOH approves expedited review of CNE, Partners merger

PROVIDENCE — The R.I. Department of Health has granted Care New England’s joint application with Partners Healthcare of Massachusetts for an expedited review of...
A FRESH BREEZE SHOULD BLOW: Meetings of the New England Power Pool, a regional energy trade association, should be open to the public, since energy policy is being developed there at the request of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Pictured is the Block Island Wind Farm. 
 / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ERIC THAYER

Regional power group should open its meetings to the public

Under normal circumstances, industry associations are private organizations, and as such, their gatherings do not fall under standard public-meeting access rules. But not all...
BLUE CROSS & BLUE SHIELD of Rhode Island's processes for approving coverage of services—known as utilization review—were found to be non-compliant with laws and regulations relating to coverage of mental health and substance use disorder benefits by the R.I. Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner in its first market conduct examination of the four health insurers in Rhode Island.

BCBSRI utilization review for mental health and substance-use disorder found deficient...

PROVIDENCE – Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island’s processes for approving coverage of services – known as utilization review – were found...
MUCH ­HAPPIER NOW: Smoke & Squeal BBQ owner Adam Batchelder is looking forward to the new year, when licensing requirements for food trucks will be simplified thanks to new regulations. 
 / PBN FILE PHOTO/
MICHAEL SALERNO

Good signs from Statehouse on business regulation in 2018

Rhode Island has a well-deserved reputation for being a high-cost, over-regulated state. And in the last decade, a number of initiatives have been tried...
VINEYARD WIND, the Massachusetts wind project to be built off the coast of Martha's Vineyard, will provide electricity at an average price of 6.5 cents per kilowatt hour in 2017 dollars over the course of a 20-year contract, significantly less than previous wind cost estimates or offerings. Above, the Block Island Wind Farm operated by Deepwater Wind, the first offshore wind farm in the United States. / COURTESY DEEPWATER

Vineyard Wind project energy costs less than from conventional sources

PROVIDENCE – Earlier this month, the wholesale price of electricity (including renewable energy certificates) to be generated by the 800-megawatt Vineyard Wind project was...
SECRETARY OF THE COMMONWEALTH William F. Galvin said the SEC’s new rules of conduct for securities broker-dealers should be more stringent, like those for investment advisers. / COURTESY MASS. SECRETARY OF THE COMMONWEALTH

Groups, officials weigh in on SEC-proposed standard of conduct for broker-dealers

PROVIDENCE – Numerous groups and officials weighed in last week on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Regulation Best Interest proposal that sets a...
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