By Steve Ahlquist on March 31, 2015
When Raimondo considers the drivers of high Medicaid costs, she ignores key problems. Instead of blaming “High Utilization,” an “Aging Population” or “fraud, waste and abuse” says the PNHP, we should be looking at the fact that “multiple payers create enormous excessive administrative costs and unfairly ration care.”
Posted in Economy, Featured, Health Care, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged aaron regunberg, Gina Raimondo, HealthCare-Now, J. Mark Ryan, Medicaid, Medicare for All, PNHP, Reinventing Medicaid, Rhode Island Chapters of Physicians for a National Health Program, single payer | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 25, 2015
Intact Rhode Island doesn’t have a lot of political power. No legislators at the State House have publicly supported their efforts, no legislation is being introduced on their behalf. The issue is seen as too divisive and flies too close to issues of religious freedom for the comfort of politicians.
By Steve Ahlquist on March 19, 2015
“If you have to increase what you provide in a healthcare setting and your dollars are being cut, there’s only a few places that money is going to come from. Labor and staff, food and medication. So if that’s what we’re looking at cutting, labor, food, staff and medication, shame on everybody in this state…”
Posted in Class Warfare, Economy, Featured, Health Care, Labor, Poverty, Rhode Island, State Budget, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged budget, Ed Beard, elizabeth roberts, Gina Raimondo, Medicaid, Providence Community Health Center, Reinventing Medicaid, SEIU 1199 New England | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 11, 2015
Normally a bill like this wouldn’t attract much attention. It would be dismissed as a cynical statement against a successful social welfare program by right-wing ideologues, but Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, a nominal Democrat, has several times suggested that HealthSourceRI is too expensive and that turning the exchange over to the federal government, something that no state has ever done, might be an option.
Posted in Featured, Health Care, National News, Republicans, State House | Tagged Antonio Giarusso, Anya Rader Wallack, Daniel reilly, Deborah Ruggiero, healthsourceRI, Justin price, King v. Burwell, Michael Chippendale, Nicholas Mattiello, patricia morgan, Raymond Gallison, Supreme Court | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 25, 2015
The bill seeks to criminalize knowingly transmitting HIV. Stephen Hourahan, of AIDS Project RI said the bill will, “privilege the ignorance of not knowing your status.” We don’t want the mantra to be, “Take the test and risk arrest,” said Hourhan, adding that such a bill would create a “viral underclass” and should be opposed by all.
Posted in Activism, Featured, Health Care, LGBT, National News, State House | Tagged AIDS Care Ocean State, AIDS Project RI, Anthony DeRose, Anthony Maselli, Ben Klein, Dr. Amy Nunn, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, HIV, House Judiciary Committee, Kristen Pfeiffer, lgbtq, Michael Fine, Paul Fitzgerald, Rhode Island Democratic Party LGBTQ Caucus, Rhode Island Department of Health, RI HIV Prevention Coalition, Robert Nardolillo, Stephen Hourahan, world aids day, Young Democrats of Rhode Island | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on February 17, 2015
Following stalled contract negotiations between Lifespan and Rhode Island Hospital employees, members of Teamsters Local 251 can vote tomorrow on whether a work stoppage is warranted. There will be three ballot votes at the Local 251 Union Hall in East Providence at 8am, noon and 4pm, according to a Jobs With Justice press release. “Lifespan […]
By Steve Ahlquist on February 6, 2015
“We’re here,” said Kelly Medieros, who has worked for BVCHC for ten years, “because we want fair wages and affordable health care.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Featured, Health Care, Labor, National News, News, Photos, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Anabel Garcia Campos, Blackstone Valley Community Health Care, BVCHC, Christine Constant, health care, Kelly Medieros, obamacare, Raymond Lavoie, SEIU District 1199NE | 6 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 3, 2015
“What will happen if we don’t do this?” asked Dr. Oliver Fein, “By [the year] 2038 a person’s entire household income will have to pay for health insurance. A condition that’s not compatible with life.”
Posted in Economic Development, Health Care, State House | Tagged aaron regunberg, aca, Affordable Care Act, Brown University, Gerald Friedman, healthcare, Medicare, Medicare for All, obamacare, Oliver Fein, Physicians for a National Health Program, PNHP, single payer, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Warren Alpert Medical School | 2 Responses
By CBattle on January 31, 2015
Tina Silva is a casualty of mental health. Just as working class taxpayers are casualties of economic disparity. Just as law enforcement has no interest in correcting their unjust actions and medical and psychological professions are interested in creating repeat offenders for monetary gains. These are not new discoveries. But seeing how these entities work […]
By Steve Ahlquist on January 30, 2015
Hospital management has rejected a union proposal that states, “providing quality care to patients and their families is the top objective of the Hospital and that poor working conditions, inadequate staffing levels, inadequate supplies and improper equipment undermine patient care.”
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Featured, Health Care, Labor, National News, News | Tagged Brooke Reese, Fat Cat, General Teamsters Local 251, jesse strecker, jobs with justice, Lifespan, rhode island hospital, Teamsters, unions | 1 Response
By Nancy Green on January 18, 2015
Nurses are required to get continuing education. This month’s class was Ethics. I sat around a table with co-workers debating moral challenges – little white lies, getting extra change at the supermarket, etc. I kept my head down, suppressing an urge to giggle nervously, like the mortal and venial sins blotting my soul might show […]
By Steve Ahlquist on January 16, 2015
“These folks think that [Women & Infants] is their personal piggy bank,” says Patrick Quinn, “management has embarked on a whole scheme of things to basically cut costs, reduce staffing, increase workloads and frankly, we’re sick of it.”
By 1199 SEIU RI on January 15, 2015
Health care workers, 1199 SEIU Rhode Island members and allies will hold an informational picket at Women & Infants Hospital, a Care New England hospital, to protest Care New England’s failure to invest its resources toward quality patient care and staffing. Corporate management decisions by Care New England are hurting quality care, patient satisfaction, and the Rhode […]
By Steve Ahlquist on January 9, 2015
Jonathan has been in recovery for 19 months. He is repairing his relationship with his family, has a job and is paying the debts he accrued during his addiction. Still, addiction haunts him. On Wednesday he attended a funeral for a 22-year old friend, one of the first overdose deaths in 2015.
Posted in Activism, Featured, Health Care, Media, National News, News, People, Politics, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged Addiction is a Disease. Recovery is Possible., Anchor Recovery Community Center, BHDDH, Department of Health, Holly Cekala, Jim Gillen, Linda Mahoney, Michael Fine, Narcan, war on drugs | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 7, 2015
Rhode Island is in the midst of an epidemic. Those who have overdosed range in age from 15 to 65 and deaths have occurred in 30 different cities or towns in the state.
Posted in Activism, Featured, Health Care, Photos, State House, Video | Tagged General Assembly, good samaritan, Janina LeVasseur, Narcan, opiate overdose epidemic, RICARES, Steven O'Donnell | 1 Response
By Bob Plain on December 8, 2014
Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts, Rhode Island’s most prominent healthcare advocate, is slated to become the next director of the state Health and Human Services Department, according to a press release from Governor-elect Gina Raimondo on Sunday. “Elizabeth Roberts is the right leader for HHS because she has the key combination of management skills and compassion […]
By Josh Kilby on December 3, 2014
I’m a healthcare worker, Queer activist, and consider myself to be pretty well-informed and connected and yet if you had asked me about PrEP as recently as September, I would have wondered what you are talking about. I’m up here today because I feel that the word PrEP needs to be on the lips of […]
By Steve Ahlquist on December 2, 2014
Dr. Nunn sees partnering with online hook up sites like Grindr as a way of combating the spread of AIDS. “I would posit that they do a much better job of reaching the highest risk people than we have done in the public health community, and it’s time for a revolution.”
By Steve Ahlquist on September 11, 2014
Help fight the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa this Saturday. Bring sanitary/protective supplies to Hope High School and enjoy an amazing picnic.