House Democrats Push Bill to Expand and Strengthen Social Security

With the kick-off of the 116th Congress on January 3, 2019 and a Democratic-controlled House, legislation is introduced to expand Social Security, ensuring the promise of retirement security for more than 222,000 Rhode Islanders. It would also provide protections to disabled Rhode Island workers and families who have lost a breadwinner. Democratic Policy and Communications…

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Seeking Care at the Most Appropriate Medical Setting

With the incidence of the flu and other seasonal viruses increasing, the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) calls on Rhode Islanders to seek medical care in the most appropriate medical setting. “Emergency departments are perfect for emergency situations. If someone is experiencing a serious health issue, they should absolutely call 911 or go to…

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New Medicare Card Distributed Ahead of April 2019 Deadline

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announces a completion of a large-scale effort to provide new Medicare cards without Social Security numbers to Medicare beneficiaries.  The newly issued cards support the federal efforts to protect the personal identity of the Medicare recipients to reduce fraud and abuse. Over the past nine months, CMS…

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Rhode Island Senators Support Legislation to Lower Drug Costs for Seniors

In an effort to protect consumers and get seniors a better deal on prescription drug costs, U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) have joined with 31 Senate colleagues in sponsoring legislation introduced by Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), on Jan. 9th,   to lower prescription drug prices.  If enacted, S 62, the Empowering Medicare…

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Taking a Look at Raimondo’s Proposed FY 2020 Budget

Just days ago, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo has released a $9.9 billion state budget.  With the release of this budget proposal the Rhode Island General Assembly will begin work to hammer out its plan before the 2020 fiscal year begins on July 1.  Raimondo’s released budget plan is $357 million, or 3.7 percent higher…

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URI Researchers Get Funding for Groundbreaking Alzheimer’s Disease Research

The University of Rhode Island’s (URI) Ryan Institute for Neuroscience, gets funding approval of groundbreaking clinical trail targeting the blood vessels in Alzheimer’s Disease, to slow the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most pressing global health challenges. 5.2 million Americans are affected by the disease, with costs of care estimated…

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January Kicks Off National Glaucoma Awareness Month

This month, the National Glaucoma Awareness Month by Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest volunteer eye health and safety nonprofit organization, and other leading eye health groups, across the country are putting the spotlight on Glaucoma, referred to as “the thief of night,” one of the leading causes of irreversible blindness. At first, glaucoma has no symptoms…

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Vincent Marzullo Takes the Helm of AARP Rhode Island

Today, West Warwick resident Vincent “Vin” Marzullo, takes the reins of AARP Rhode Island being appointed the nonprofit’s State President. “We are delighted that Vin has stepped into this key volunteer leadership position,” State Director Kathleen Connell said, in announcing the appointment. “His professional experience, his distinguished history as a community organizer and administrator, and…

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The Flu Comes to Rhode Island

With the flu becoming “widespread” in the Ocean State on January 2, the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) calls on unvaccinated health care workers in hospitals and other types of healthcare, including nursing facilities, to wear masks when directly treating patients. Examples of direct patient contact include entering a patient’s room, serving food to…

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