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Bills That Address the Pandemic Passed Out of Committee: Health and Human Services holds first 2021 meeting

The Rhode Island Senate Committee on Health and Human Services passed three bills out of committee on Thursday night in its first meeting of the year. The bills would extend coverage of telemedicine and provide coverage for it under RI Medicaid and enshrine certain ACA consumer protections and varying health insurance premium rates based on […]

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Stay Positive and Test Negative: LG Dan McKee takes questions from the press

Lieutenant Governor and soon-to-be-Governor Dan McKee held his first official press event today, the first one since he became a governor-in-waiting where he was the star of the show. The setting was unusual for a group accustomed to “big” city politics in Providence, a Chelo’s over by the airport in Warwick, chosen for its small […]

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Ready for Reform: The progressives challenging State House leadership — an interview with Senator Sam Bell

“Rhode Islanders are now standing up, running for office and fighting for the values that we’ve always had.” This is what State Senator Sam Bell believes underlies the wave of progressive wins for GeneralAssembly seats we saw this year in Rhode Island – a wave that has threatened the power of Senate Leadership, what Bell […]

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One Day at a Time: Substance use spikes as the pandemic wears on

For those suffering from substance-use disorders, staying sober is a marathon. The last year was a perfect storm of external assaults on everyone to one degree or another. The traditional roadblocks to overcoming addiction — economic insecurity, inadequate healthcare, lack of emotional connection and the troubles of social isolation — all were exacerbated by COVID-19 […]

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Get in the Zone: An explainer of RI’s Health Equity Zone initiative

You may have heard of this forward-thinking RI Department of Health initiative that is beginning to serve as a national model for community-driven health. But what is a Health Equity Zone, and how does it work? What Are Health Equity Zones?  Ana Novais, deputy director of the Rhode Island Department of Health, defines Health Equity […]

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Briefly Explained

In the past 12 months, Rhode Island added an additional $20 million dollars to its unclaimed funds, and a chunk of that might have your name on it! Read “Briefly Explained: Lost Money” at brieflyri.com/did-you-drop-this-rhode-island-may-have-your-lost-money to learn how you can get reunited with your wayward wealth. Briefly aims to foster an informed and engaged citizenry by connecting […]

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Project PVD Love

Frog & Toad, the gift shop stuffed with perfect little somethings, has become a beacon of hope during the pandemic — a place always willing to collaborate, fundraise and bring smiles to the homebound with their madcap personal deliveries. So it made sense when a Providence-based parent/teacher organization president called them to discuss a mask […]

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Raimondo Addresses the Press for the First Time in Weeks: A summary of the governor’s January 13 press conference

The circus was in town today at The Vets, as Governor Raimondo declined to answer questions from the press in her first public appearance since it was announced she was President-elect Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Department of Commerce. State officials steered away from political questions in an attempt to orient the press conference […]

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In the Flow: A visit to Wandering Goose Acupuncture

A handful of acupuncture needles rattled in Marco Leclerc’s palm, sending my anxiety skyrocketing. I practiced some deep breathing and tried to focus on his calming voice. Leclerc is the proprietor of Wandering Goose Acupuncture in Pawtucket. He practices a fusion of classical and traditional Chinese medicine, which can include acupuncture, bodywork and herbal medicine, […]

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