RI’s Medicaid Policy Expands Access to Life-Saving HCV Treatments

This week Rhode Island Expands Access to Life-Saving Hepatitis C Treatment, announces the state’s Executive Office of Health & Human Services (EOHHS) and advocates for patients with Hepatitis C (HCV).  With the publishing of the July 12 changes to the state’s Medicaid policy, there will now be access to lifesaving treatments for older Rhode Islanders…

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Heat-Related Illnesses Soar in Summer Months

Over the years, there have been higher-than-average temperatures, warmer summers, and more extreme-heat days. These changing conditions can cause more illnesses and deaths, especially for older Rhode Islanders and for those who have cardiac or breathing problems. According to States at Risk: America’s Preparedness Report Card, the Ocean State has more than 26,000 people who…

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Bipartisan Push to Lower Skyrocketing Drug Costs

  In a July 3 op-ed published by The Hill, a website focusing on politics, policy, business international relations, Reps. David N. Cicilline (D.-RI) and Tom Marino (R-PA) called President Donald Trump and the Republican leadership to support the Creating and Restoring Equal Access to Equivalent Samples Act (CREATES) to bring lower priced prescription drugs…

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Splaine Consulting Begins Work to Update State’s Alzheimer’s Plan

The Alzheimer’s Association, Rhode Island, as fiscal agent, recently hired Michael Splaine and Kate Gordon, of Gaithersburg, Maryland-based Splaine Consulting, a small advocacy and government affairs consulting firm.  The company’s clients include the Alzheimer’s Association in their public health work with Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Alzheimer’s Disease International, the umbrella organization for…

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Rhode Island Gets Federal Funds to Support Aging-in-Place

Federal dollars from the Older Americans Act provides Rhode Island policy makers with funding to promote community-based services to keep older adults healthy and independent at home. The Rhode Island Division of Elderly Affairs (RIDEA) announced the distribution of 466,000 in Older American Act funding to multiple agencies. According to RIDEA, the additional federal dollars,…

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West View Maintains Silver Achievement in Quality Award Status

A few days ago, the Washington, DC-based American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) announced that Westview Nursing & Rehabilitation Center has maintained its Silver Achievement in Quality Award status that it earned in 2013.  The Warwick-based facility is among nine skilled nursing facilities in the Ocean State that has achieved…

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Ways to Plan and Pay For Long-Term Care Needs

This article was written exclusively for our West View Nursing readers, by our good friend Hazel Bridges of www.agingwellness.org! No one stays young forever. At some point in your life, you or a loved one may require long-term care. Long-term care is a group of services that helps you with basic needs such as bathing,…

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