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NEW ROLE: Womazetta Jones, left, who was nominated by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo, right, as secretary of the R.I. Executive Office of Health and Human Services and began her new role in late July, said there’s an absolute necessity to better deliver services respectful of cultural and economic diversity.
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Five questions with Womazetta Jones

Womazetta Jones | Secretary, R.I. Executive Office of Health and Human Services 1. You became Rhode Island’s chief of health and human services in late...
MORE THAN 11,000 households in Rhode Island will lose SNAP benefits under the Trump administration's proposed eligibility change.

Study: USDA rule change would cut more than 11,000 R.I. families...

PROVIDENCE – More than 11,000 Rhode Islanders would lose Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits if a Trump administration proposal to narrow eligibility requirements is...
THE R.I. DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES has been levied a $2 million payment to the USDA to reimburse SNAP program payment errors. The charge will be paid by Deloitte Consulting, according to state Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

Delloitte faces $2M payment of R.I. SNAP errors; USDA offers settlement,...

PROVIDENCE – Following a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program payment error rate of 13.81% for federal fiscal 2018 and 11.24% in fiscal 2017, the U.S....
THE RHODE ISLAND Community Food Bank reported that food insecurity in Rhode Island is on the rise as food cost inflation outpaces wage gains.

Report: Food insecurity in R.I. on the rise despite improving economy

PROVIDENCE – Food insecurity in Rhode Island is on the rise, according to a new report from the Rhode Island Community Food Bank released...

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...

Farm Fresh Rhode Island receives $4.6M in federal funds to launch...

PAWTUCKET – Farm Fresh Rhode Island has received $4.6 million to help encourage Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participants across New England to increase their...

Farm Fresh Rhode Island receives $4.6M in federal funds to launch...

PAWTUCKET – Farm Fresh Rhode Island has received $4.6 million to help encourage Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participants across New England to increase their...

UHIP software update postponed to June

PROVIDENCE — A software upgrade for the Unified Health Infrastructure Project planned for May 19 has been postponed until June “to ensure a quality...
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP has signed an executive order requiring a 20-hour work week for many Americans receiving food through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Trump work-requirement time limit for SNAP benefits unrealistic, critics say

PROVIDENCE — President Donald Trump’s executive order Tuesday requiring stricter enforcement of a 20-hour work week for a portion of the 158,481 Rhode Islanders...
THE AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION of Rhode Island said it was "alarmed" by the R.I. Department of Human Services' November 2017 food stamp timeliness rates.

ACLU: DHS SNAP figures ‘alarming’

PROVIDENCE – The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island has said that the latest figures from the R.I. Department of Human Services on...
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