By Will Weatherly on August 7, 2018
Dr. James Cowan has seen how health insurance works from multiple angles and both sides of the pond, consulting for the National Health Service, the United Kingdom’s public health-care system, to serving as an expert for the health-care insurer Aetna here in the United States. Now acting as an advisor for the Rhode Island Health […]
Posted in Economics, Featured, Health Care, National News, News, Social Services | Tagged American Hospital Association, American Medical Association, health care, James Cowan, Labor, Medicaid, Medicare, Medicare for All, National Health Service, Rhode Island Health Care Access and Affordability Partnership, single payer | 3 Responses
By Bob Plain on January 26, 2018
Governor Gina Raimondo isn’t exactly reinventing Medicaid by proposing elderly and/or impoverished Rhode Islander’s pay increased healthcare costs, as her proposed budget proscribes through new Medicaid copays. Cost sharing has been a part of socialized medicine in America since 1965, when President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicaid and Medicare legislation into law. Even Vermont Senator Bernie […]
Posted in Featured, State House | Tagged budget, copay, Gina Raimondo, Medicaid, Medicaid copay, oregon, Oregon Health Plan, Oregon Health Study, Rand Health Insurance Experiment, state budget | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on January 18, 2018
Medicaid recipients will pay more for their healthcare if Governor Gina Raimondo’s budget proposal passes because it would add a co-pay to certain services, administration officials told reporters earlier today. The governor’s proposed budget seeks to raise $3.2 million through the new co-pays which, by middle class standards, appear small. Inpatient hospital visits would have […]
By Bob Plain on January 3, 2018
Rhode Island put low-income residents “at risk of losing their homes and their utilities and deprives them of funds needed for their daily living expenses, including food,” by removing them from a popular Medicaid program without proper notice, according to a new class action lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island. It […]
By Steve Ahlquist on July 20, 2017
In Rhode Island, the top 1 percent of the state’s residents would receive an average tax cut of $86,610 compared with an average tax cut of just $430 for the bottom 60 percent of taxpayers in the state.
Posted in Class Warfare, Congress, Economics, Featured, National News, News, Poverty, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Social Services, Taxes | Tagged donald trump, Economic Progress Institute, EPI, Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, itep, Medicaid, Medicare, Rachel Flum | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 29, 2017
“Healthcare is not essentially a political issue. It is a moral issue. Let’s name it for what it is. The legislation before the Senate right now is evil and sinful,” said the Reverend Donald Anderson.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Congress, Corporate Greed, Featured, Health Care, National News, News, Photos, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House, Women | Tagged aca, Affordable Care Act, AHCA, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Health Care Act, BCRA, Better Care Reconciliation Act, Charles Feldman, Christine Brousseau, Donald Anderson, Joshua Miller, Karen Malcolm, Medicaid, obamacare, Planned Parenthood, Protect Our Healthcare Coalition, Rhode Island Council of Churches, Rhode Island Market Stability and Consumer Protection Act, Rhode Island State House, TrumpCare | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on June 24, 2017
Standing with fellow Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Jack Reed said that passing TrumpCare would be “a disaster for Rhode Island and the United States.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Economics, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, National News, News, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged jack reed, Medicaid, Medicare, obamacare, Sheldon Whitehouse, TrumpCare | 2 Responses
By Capri Catanzaro on June 17, 2017
All said, it is a great budget for the wealthy and the politically connected corporate interests. It is a bad budget for the middle class, the poor, and supporters of economic growth.
Posted in Featured, State House | Tagged 2018 Budget, 38 Studios, car tax, ccri, commerce corporation, Gina Raimondo, John Lombardi, Medicaid, Nicholas Mattiello, Rhode Island Promise, RIPTA, TrumpCare, UHIP | 4 Responses
By Juan Espinoza on April 16, 2017
The top one percent of Rhode Island tax payers would get an average tax cut of $13,590, while middle and low income Rhode Islanders would get nothing.
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Economics, Featured, Health Care, National News, Rhode Island | Tagged aca, Affordable Care Act, AHCA, American Health Care Act, CBPP, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Ellie Brown, healthsource ri, Karen Malcolm, Medicaid, obamacare, Protect Our Health Care Coalition | Leave a response
By Gus Uht on March 10, 2017
Sen. Miller is thinking out of the box and out of the state on solutions to homelessness. NPR’s On Point broadcast a segment (“Prescribing New Solutions to Homelessness“) on a unique approach to homelessness being pursued for Hawaii by Hawaiian State Senator Josh Green, MD, to wit: “… classify homelessness as a medical condition so […]
By Steve Ahlquist on February 26, 2017
“This is their long standing opposition to Medicare [and] Medicaid” said Whitehouse, “We thought we had those zombies buried, but they’re coming back out of the earth again and they walk the planet, and we need to put them back in the ground where they belong.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Congress, Disability Services, Elections, Events, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, National News, Photos, Politics, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged aca, Affordable Care Act, Bernie Sanders, Brown Students for the Affordable Care Act, Chuck Schumer, Clinica Esperanza, David Cicilline, donald trump, Economic Progress Institute, healthsource ri, jack reed, James Langevin, Jonathan Staloff, Lamar Alexander, Medicaid, Medicare, Medicare for All, Neil Gorsuch, obamacare, Patrick Quinn, Protect Our Healthcare Coalition RI, public option, Rachel Flum, Republican Party, Rhode Island College, seiu 1199, Sheldon Whitehouse, single payer | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 24, 2017
“This settlement agreement is a major step in addressing the fallout from the UHIP fiasco,” said ACLU of RI executive director Steven Brown.
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, Inequality, News, Rhode Island, Social Services | Tagged ACLU, American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, Department of Human Services, DHS, Greg Bass, Gretchen Bath, healthsource ri, lynette labinger, Medicaid, National Center for Law and Economic Justice, NCLEJ, Rhode Island Legal Services, RILS, SNAP, Steven Brown, UHIP, William Smith | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on February 22, 2017
The extreme, misleading histrionics of the anti-choice right are attempts to obfuscate the issue, and if they truly want to conduct “a respectful public debate” then perhaps they should start by being respectful.
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Health Care, Religion, Reproductive Rights, State House, Women | Tagged Bernard Healey, david bennett, Dinesh D'Souza, donald trump, Evan Shanley, Joseph McNamara, justin katz, Kermit Gosnell, Medicaid, mike stenhouse, Milo Yiannopoulos, Planned Parenthood, ri center for freedom and prosperity, RI Right to Life, Roe. v. Wade, Supreme Court, The RI Catholic, Warwick Beacon | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 5, 2017
Total employment in Rhode Island would drop by 1.6 percent and 8,036 jobs in Rhode Island would be lost…
Posted in Class Warfare, Featured, Health Care, News, Rhode Island, Unemployment | Tagged aca, Affordable Care Act, Daniel DaPonte, Economic Policy institute, elizabeth roberts, EPI, healthsourceRI, josh miller, Kathleen Hittner, Medicaid, Nicole Alexander-Scott, obamacare, Senate Finance, Senate Health and Human Services, Zachary Sherman | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 31, 2017
“We promise to work in the General Assembly to restore the legislative mandate for no-fare passes that worked very well for forty years.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Disability Services, Featured, Homelessness, Infrastructure, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Transportation | Tagged Bill Flynn, Economic Progress Institute, General Assembly, Gina Raimondo, Medicaid, Mental Health Recovery Coalition, No Fare Bus Pass Program, Office of Veterans Affairs, Ray Gagne, Rhode Island Division of Elderly Affairs, Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, ri coalition for the homeless, RI Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty, RI Organizing Project, RIDEA, RIOVA, RIPTA, RIPTA Riders Alliance, Senior Agenda Coalition, Senior Agenda Coalition of RI | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 16, 2017
“We depend on this,” said Gina Rombley, “We are a small business. My parents depend on this, my daughter depends on this… You can’t take something away from so many people that need it.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Events, Featured, Health Care, Johnston, National News, Photos, Video | Tagged aca, Adam Miner, Affordable Care Act, American College of Physicians, Bernie Sanders, David Cicilline, donald trump, Gina Raimondo, Gina Rombley, jack reed, James Langevin, Jane Hayward, Johnston Senior Center, Joseph Polisena, Maureen Maigret, Medicaid, Medicare, Nitin Damle, obamacare, Rhode Island Health Center Association, Senior Agenda Coalition, Sheldon Whitehouse | 13 Responses
By William Deware on December 7, 2016
I think progressives need to resist Mattiello just like we need to resist Trump. We keep winning seats in primaries. We fight like holy hell to get in, and then once we get there we seem to waver. We can not waver.
Posted in Featured, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged aaron regunberg, art handy, Bernie Sanders, Carol Hagan McEntee, Christopher Blazejewski, David Cicilline. Donald Trump, Deborah Ruggiero, Edie Ajello, Elizabeth Warren, grace diaz, Gregg Amore, jan malik, Jay O’Grady, Jean-Phillippe Barros, Joe Shekarchi, Joseph Almeida, Joy Hearne, Kathy Fogarty, Katie Kazarian, Keith Ellison, Lauren Carson, Medicaid, Nicholas Mattiello, Shelby Maldonado, Steve Bannon, Teresa Tanzi | 7 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on November 28, 2016
Raimondo’s “Reinventing Medicaid” paid off today with the announcement of nearly $130 million in federal funds that will help facilitate health care professional training and alternative payment models. But questions remain: Are we training students for good paying jobs or poverty? Will Medicaid survive Trump?
Posted in Corporate Greed, Disability Services, Events, Featured, Health Care, Labor, National News, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged ccri, Community College of Rhode Island, David Cicilline, elizabeth roberts, fight for 15, Gina Raimondo, James Langevin, John Oleksa, Medicaid, Medicaid Millionaires, Medicare, Meghan Hughes, Patrick Quinn, paul ryan, Reinventing Medicaid, SEIU 1199NE, Sheldon Whitehouse | Leave a response
By Juan Espinoza on September 13, 2016
More Rhode Islanders have health insurance coverage thanks to health care reform The number of uninsured dropped to 59,000 in 2015 from 120,000 in 2013.
Posted in Civil Rights, Economics, Featured, Health Care, News, Poverty, Rhode Island | Tagged aca, Affordable Care Act, Economic Progress Institute, healthsourceRI, Linda Katz, Medicaid | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on August 29, 2016
The new system at DHS, says Heather, is “designed to make you feel like shit about yourself.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Disability Services, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, News, Poverty, Rhode Island, Social Services, State House, Women, Youth | Tagged CCAP, Child Care Assistance Program, Department of Administration, Department of Human Services, DHS, EBT, HEAP, HSR, LTSS, Medicaid, Melba Depeña Affigne, Michael DiBiase, Rhode Island Works, RIW, SNAP, WAP | Leave a response