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RHODE ISLAND IS SCHEDULED TO RECEIVE $2.4 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for community development and affordable housing.

R.I. to receive $2.4M for community development and affordable housing

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island has awarded $2.4 million in a round of federal grants, including $1.9 million in Community Development Block Grant funding as...
THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION has eliminated the Affordable Care Act guarantee of contraception coverage for women without copay. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/JULIA SCHMALZ

Medical community decries Trump administration’s cut of birth control coverage

PROVIDENCE – The Trump administration’s Department of Health and Human Services’ new rules eliminating the mandate that all businesses provide coverage for birth control...
A NEW FEDERAL GRANT has been secured for Rhode Island that will provide $24.5 million over seven years to help economically disadvantaged students prepare for college. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

R.I. receives $24.5M college prep grant

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island received a $24.5 million grant to help economically disadvantaged public school students prepare for college, the state’s congressional delegation announced...
SEN. SHELDON WHITEHOUSE, D-R.I., has introduced legislation that would require some employers, who do not provide retirement plans, to automatically enroll employees in Auto-IRAs. / COURTESY OFFICE OF U.S. SEN. SHELDON WHITEHOUSE

Whitehouse wants automatic IRAs

WASHINGTON – Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., last week introduced legislation that would require some employers, who do not provide retirement plans, to automatically enroll...
THE SENATE GOP has abandoned its effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and Rhode Island officials want to renew efforts to strengthen it. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

Affordable Care Act reform hopes renewed after GOP repeal abandoned

PROVIDENCE – Local hopes for bipartisan health insurance market-stabilizing legislation were rekindled Sep. 25 when Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, opposed the latest Affordable Care...
THE WOONSOCKET FIRE DEPARTMENT has been awarded $1.5 million in federal grant money to hire 12 new firefighters. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

Woonsocket FD receives $1.5M in federal grant to increase staff

WOONSOCKET – The Woonsocket Fire Department received $1.5 million in federal funding to recruit, hire, train and retain additional firefighters, U.S.  Sens. Jack F....
THE SENATE GOP has revived its effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act but is running out of time to pass the measure with a simple majority. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

ACA reform stalls as GOP takes second shot at repeal

PROVIDENCE — HealthSource RI Executive Director Zach Sherman’s hopes for health insurance market-stabilizing legislation were dashed Tuesday when U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor &...
SEN. SHELDON WHITEHOUSE, D-R.I., has backed Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and his “Medicare for All” single-payer health care reform while continuing to explore a publicly operated health insurance option he co-sponsored in January with Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Al Franken, D-Minn. / COURTESY OFFICE OF U.S. SEN. SHELDON WHITEHOUSE

Whitehouse co-sponsors Sanders’ ‘Medicare for All’ single-payer health plan

PROVIDENCE - Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., has backed Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and his “Medicare for All” single-payer health care reform while continuing to explore...
ASSISTING: Karin Rondeau, family nurse practitioner at the new Randall Square location of Providence Community Health Centers, talks with her medical assistants, Leslie Alvarez, left, and Celia Ortiz. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

PCHC moves to larger facility to meet growing demand

Providence Community Health Centers Inc. has traded its Chad Brown Street location for a larger 1 Randall Square facility in Providence to meet growing...
U.S. SEN. SHELDON Whitehouse, left, and Lifespan primary investigator Dr. Peter J. Quesenberry discuss his team’s research at Lifespan’s research lab at 1 Hoppin St. in Providence. / PBN PHOTO/ROB BORKOWSKI

Whitehouse warns hospital consolidation could hurt innovation, economy

PROVIDENCE ­– As U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse spoke to Lifespan researchers celebrating a $10 million stem cell biology research grant Aug. 29, he warned...
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