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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 Services1. 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....

Report: Many Rhode Islanders can’t make ends meet

PROVIDENCE – Two-thirds of single-parent families and large numbers of other Rhode Islanders don’t earn enough to cover basic expenses, according to a report...
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...

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...
THE FISCAL 2017 SINGLE AUDIT for Rhode Island consisted of 79 recommendations. Many of the issues were related to the RIBridges system, part of the UHIP computer overhaul. / COURTESY OFFICE OF THE AUDITOR GENERAL

R.I.’s Single Audit finds shortcomings in state IT planning, execution

PROVIDENCE – The lack of a state government strategic plan to replace and enhance key financial systems is but one conclusion reached in the...
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...

UHIP issues preventing R.I. from receiving $725K bonus from USDA

PROVIDENCE – The federal government is withholding a bonus payment of $725,159 from Rhode Island due to ongoing issues with the state’s Unified Health...
THE FARM FRESH Rhode Island Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers Market series will launch its 11th year on Nov. 4.

Farm Fresh Rhode Island winter farmers market series kicks off Nov....

PAWTUCKET – Launching its 11th year, the Farm Fresh Rhode Island Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers Market series will begin on Saturday, Nov. 4.“The Wintertime Market...
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