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Lawsuit over UHIP food stamp benefit delays dismissed

PROVIDENCE – A federal case filed three years ago over food stamp benefit delays in Rhode Island has been dismissed after the state exceeded...
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...
BUSY CARETAKER: Victoria Mitchell, a certified nursing assistant at Hopkins Manor in North Providence, says she and her co-workers care for up to 11 patients per shift, bathing, dressing and feeding each one in turn. It is an increase from the eight patients Mitchell used to care for during her morning shift when she began working as a CNA 22 years ago.
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Nursing homes care more with less

When she started working as a certified nursing assistant 22 years ago, Victoria Mitchell was assigned about eight patients during her morning shifts. Now, Mitchell...
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....
RECENT IMPROVEMENTS: HealthSource RI Director Zachary W. Sherman speaks with Robin Dionne, HSRI chief public affairs officer. Sherman said recent improvements to the HSRI for Employers program include technology advances that have allowed HSRI to connect employers with ancillary products to supplement health and dental plans.
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HSRI: Stable but will it ever cover costs?

Soon after the state established HealthSource RI in 2014, it was recognized as one of the nation’s most successful health-benefits exchanges in meeting enrollment...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO has renewed the state's contract with Deloitte Consulting through June 2021. The deal includes a $50 million payment from Deloitte, discounted services and includes an agreement for the state not to sue Deloitte for past performance. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Should Gov. Gina M. Raimondo have renewed the contract with Deloitte...

Gov. Gina M. Raimondo reversed herself on March 15 when she announced that the state has extended its contract with Deloitte Consulting LLP to...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO has renewed the state's contract with Deloitte Consulting through June 2021. The deal includes a $50 million payment from Deloitte, discounted services and includes an agreement for the state not to sue Deloitte for past performance. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Raimondo renews contract with Deloitte for RI Bridges system

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo announced Friday that Deloitte Consulting LLP will remain under contract with the state through June 2021 to operate...
ERIC J. BEANE will step down as Health and Human Services secretary in mid-December. Lisa Vura-Weis will serve as acting secretary following his departure. / COURTESY EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

HHS Secretary Beane to step down in Dec.

PROVIDENCE – R.I. Health and Human Services Secretary Eric J. Beane will step down in mid-December, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo announced Friday. Lisa Vura-Weis, currently...

House Republicans elect Filippi, Chippendale as new minority leaders

PROVIDENCE – Rep. Blake A. Filippi, R-New Shoreham, will serve as the next House minority leader, following a vote of the chamber’s Republican caucus. Filippi...
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Gov. Gina M. Raimondo sees a growing state economy to be...

When Gov. Gina M. Raimondo first ran for governor, the state’s economy was beginning to emerge from the impact of the Great Recession, still...
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