By Elisha Aldrich on July 1, 2015
Rebecca Nieves McGoldrick, the Executive Director of Protect Families First, put the blame on Attorney General Peter Kilmartin for the act’s expiration.
“To have families suffer through the loss of a loved one so that the Attorney General could add another notch to his belt of drug arrests is frankly unconscionable,” she said.
Posted in Featured, Health Care, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged aaron regunberg, Drugs, Elisha Aldrich, Gina Raimondo, good samaritan, Good Samaritan Overdose Prevention Act, Governor Gina M. Raimondo, Holly Cekala, John Prince, opiate overdose epidemic, overdose, Peter Kilmartin, Rebecca Nieves McGoldrick | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 30, 2015
When Governor Gina Raimondo, who sailed to victory with the endorsement of Emily’s List and Planned Parenthood, signed the budget on Tuesday, she officially signed into law language that stands as the most extreme anti-abortion language passed in Rhode Island in two decades.
How did this happen?
Posted in Featured, Health Care, Politics, Religion, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House, Women | Tagged Abortion, Alliance Defending Freedom, Arthur Corvese, barth bracy, Common Cause RI, Doe v. Burwell, Edie Ajello, Gina Raimondo, hobby lobby, Howe v Burwell, James Rhodes, John DeSimone, john marion, Nicholas Mattiello, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, RFRA, RI ACLU, steve brown, transactional politics | 12 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 30, 2015
“I didn’t plan to be homeless,” said Narcheline Vasquez, “One day, my job was gone like people in Rhode Island experience all too often. Within months, I lost my apartment and had nowhere to go. We stayed in a few temporary situations until finally… Lucy’s Hearth offered me a home.”
Posted in cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Economic Development, Events, Featured, Health Care, Homelessness, Housing, National News, News, Photos, Poverty, Rhode Island, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged David Cicilline, Jennifer Barrera, Lucy's hearth, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, middletown, Narcheline Vazquez, Susan Erstling | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 17, 2015
What does the new language mean? At bottom, any non-religious employer, as defined by the IRS, that elects to not include abortion coverage in their employee health plan, must allow employees to opt out of the company plan, and select any other plan, paying any additional costs out of pocket.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Democrats, Featured, Health Care, International News, National News, News, Religion, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House, Women | Tagged Arthur Corvese, barth bracy, Bernard Healey, Doe v. Burwell, Edie Ajello, healthsource ri, hobby lobby, John DeSimone, Nicholas Mattiello, Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner, Raymond Gallison, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, RFRA | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 11, 2015
“Planned Parenthood was surprised to see these proposals in the Governor’s budget when it was unveiled last week, and we were not consulted about the new policies contained in this article. Additionally, since there was never a hearing on this language, we have not been able to get clear guidance on the intent of these policies.”
Posted in Featured, Health Care, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House, Women | Tagged Abortion, Affordable Care Act, Emily's List, FY 2016 budget, Gina Raimondo, healthsourceRI, James Rhodes, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Progressive Democrats of Rhode Island, RI ACLU, Sam Bell, steve brown | 7 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 10, 2015
The 2016 RI State Budget, approved by House Finance late Tuesday evening, included language on abortion coverage in its section on HealthSource RI funding that goes far beyond what is required under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This part of the budget, inserted at the request of Governor Gina Raimondo on May 29, mandates that every insurer operating on HealthSource RI offer multiple plans that do not cover abortion.
Posted in Democrats, Featured, Health Care, Religion, reproductive freedom, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House, Women | Tagged Abortion, Affordable Care Act, budget, Gina Raimondo, Planned Parenthood | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 10, 2015
Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Teresa Paiva-Weed were met by unusual lobbyists in the hallways of the State House before going into session on Tuesday. Five children, Shyenne, 14, Seneca, 11, Shawnee, 9 Saponi, 8 and Dominique, 10, all victims of or witnesses to domestic violence, asked the General Assembly leaders to pass legislation that would create the Domestic Violence Prevention Fund, helping to “put an end to domestic violence before it starts.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Economy, Featured, Health Care, National News, News, Photos, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Deborah DeBare, domestic violence, Domestic Violence Prevention Fund, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, Nicholas Mattiello, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 14, 2015
SEIU 1199, representing about 4,000 health care workers in RI, held a press conference to announce a series of initiatives “to improve the way the state invests in Medicaid-funded programs in long-term care and create a pathway to living wages for caregivers.” The press conference was part of a “Day of Action” at the State […]
Posted in Economy, Featured, Health Care, Labor, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged Dawn Auclair, Jenn Steinfeld, Manoucheka Robert, Medicaid, Nichole Ward, Patrick Quinn, Reinventing Medicaid, Sarah Nolan, SEIU District 1199NE, Women's Fund of Rhode Island | 1 Response
By 1199 SEIU RI on May 13, 2015
Health care workers and allies will host a press conference and policy brief at the State House on Wednesay to advocate for Medicaid changes to improve the system of long term care and support a living wage for caregivers. SEIU District 1199NE, which represents approximately 4,000 health care workers in RI, will be issuing a new […]
By Steve Ahlquist on May 12, 2015
Moving onto Medicaid, Raimondo insisted that her goal in pulling together the working group is “not about kicking people off Medicaid” but “getting people cared for in the lowest cost environment.”
Raimondo acknowledged that the EPI and many of those in the audience are more concerned with social justice and economic justice than they are with short term budget fixes when she said, near the end of her speech, “Your stubborn idealism is a good thing for Rhode Island, so don’t lose it.”
Posted in Featured, Health Care, Poverty, State Budget, State House | Tagged Cindy Mann, economic justice, Economic Progress Institute, elizabeth roberts, Gina Raimondo, Linda Katz, Medicaid, Reinventing Medicaid, social justice | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on May 7, 2015
Nicole Ward, a certified nurse assistant at Greenville Skilled Nursing & Rehab in Smithfield, gets paid $13 an hour. It’s not enough, she says, to support her two daughters, ages 9 and 7. “Trying to provide for them on $13 an hour is not easy,” she says in the latest Caregivers Rising video from the […]
By Bob Plain on April 29, 2015
Sue Sulham has been caring for developmentally disabled people in the Blackstone Valley for more than 20 years. She makes just $11.20 an hour. “I don’t want to live beyond my means,” Sulham said. “I just want to be able to make a payment on time, to go grocery shopping and maybe luncheon meat would […]
By Steve Ahlquist on April 23, 2015
The Reinventing Medicaid working group unveiled 55 initiatives that are projected to result in $85.5 million in savings. Former Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts said that they are still working through over 200 suggestions, some of which may be included in the final report. “A deadline induced series of last minute proposals,” said Roberts, “will be considered over the next week.”
By Bob Plain on April 17, 2015
Following a march on Thursday to the State House from Bannister House, a 125 year old progressive nursing home facility that because of financial difficulties is in receivership, the Providence City Council passed a resolution urging Governor Gina Raimondo and the General Assembly to do everything their power “to keep Bannister House in operation.” Here’s […]
By Steve Ahlquist on April 15, 2015
“Once I met a lady who was in terrible, terrible pain of cancer and I told her, ‘This is but the kiss of Jesus, a sign that you have come so close to Jesus on the cross that he can kiss you.’ And the lady, though she was in great pain, she joined her hands together and said, ‘Mother Teresa, please tell Jesus to stop kissing me.’”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, Health Care, National News, Religion, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Abortion, Arthur Corvese, Barth E. Bracy, catholic church, Christopher Mahar, Corvese Amendment, Lila Manfield Sapinsley Compassionate Care Act, Mother Teresa, Pope John Paul II, RI Right to Life, Robert Lancia, William F. Buckley Jr. | 7 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on April 10, 2015
Governor Raimondo is “saying that she wants to be an advocate for home care,” says home care advocate Nicholas Oliver, “particularly with this working group Reinventing Medicaid, but frankly we haven’t seen her put her money where her mouth is. She put into her budget proposal last month a freeze on home health care for another consecutive fiscal year.”
Posted in cities and towns, Class Warfare, Economic Development, Economy, Featured, Health Care, Labor, National News, News, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State Budget, State House, Women | Tagged Department of Health, Gina Raimondo, Inc., Medicaid, minimum wage, Nicholas Oliver, Reinventing Medicaid, Rhode Island Partnership for Home Care | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 7, 2015
“Maynard demonstrated that how we face death is a matter of personal ethics, informed by our beliefs and our conscience. No one should dictate the way we die any more than they should dictate the way we live, yet too often we see those dealing with difficult, end-of-life decisions being infantilized, as if terminal disease trumps our autonomy and humanity.”
Posted in Featured, Health Care, National News, Religion, State House | Tagged Brittany Maynard, Compassion and Choices, Death with Dignity, Lila Manfield Sapinsley Cmpassionate Care Act, Right to Die | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on April 2, 2015
If we could build Neighborhood Health Stations and make them work, “then health care spending becomes a business magnet. People come and locate businesses here, just because of our health care,” says Dr. Fine.
Posted in Featured, Health Care, State House | Tagged Blue Cross Blue Shield of RI, ConvergenceRI, cvs, Gina Raimondo, Helena Foulkes, Lifespan, Medicaid, Michael Fine, Neighborhood Health Stations, Nicole Alexander-Scott, Peter Andruszkiewicz, Reinventing Medicaid, RI Department of Health, Richard Asinof, RIDOH, Timothy Babineau | 3 Responses
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.