Facts and Stats 2018: U.S. Census Data Analysis on Poverty and Income

The data also show that Rhode Island’s communities of color were much more likely to live in poverty with poverty rates for Blacks and Latinos three times those of Whites. The overall median income masks the hurdles faced by communities of color in our state. Latino ($41,123) and Black ($37,781) median incomes trail overall median income by a wide margin, …

Facts and Stats 2018: U.S. Census Data Analysis on Health Care

In 2017, Medicaid expansion allowed 75,000 single adults with income marginally above the poverty line to have health insurance coverage, representing 23% of the Medicaid-insured population. The balance of the Medicaid-insured included: 20,000 seniors (6%), 32,000 adults with disabilities (10%) and 12,000 children with disabilities (4%). The majority (51%) of Medicaid enrollees were pregnant women, children and their families (166,000). …

My Turn: Douglas Hall: R.I. needs more progressive policies

By Douglas Hall Labor Day provides an opportunity to consider the working conditions, economic indicators and public policies that reflect and shape the experience of working Rhode Islanders. Rhode Islanders want to be part of an economy that lets them provide for their families, while contributing to safe and prosperous communities, with good schools, and vibrant public spaces such as …

Our Turn: Rachel Flum and Leanne Barett: New sick-leave policy in R.I.

By Rachel Flum and Leanne Barrett July 1 is an exciting day for Rhode Island. This is the day that 100,000 workers will start earning sick leave under the state’s new Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act, thanks to the hard work of a broad coalition of local businesses, individuals, community organizations and the bills’ sponsors, Sen. Maryellen Goodwin …

Highlights of the 2018 General Assembly Session: 2019 Enacted Budget and Legislation

The 2019 budget (“the budget”) for the fiscal year beginning July 1 totals $9.6 billion, including $3.2 billion in federal funds, $3.9 billion in general revenue, $282 million in restricted receipts and $2.2 billion in “other” funds (including the Unemployment Insurance Fund and tuition and fees from CCRI, URI and RIC). (Figure 1) The enacted budget is $195 million higher …

R.I.‘s $2.8-billion in Medicaid spending a ‘worthwhile investment,’ report says

By G. Wayne Miller Journal Staff Writer Nearly one in three state residents — 281,645 children, women and men — were served in 2016, according to the study by the Economic Progress Institute. PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The $2.8 billion that the state spends annually on Medicaid is “an extremely worthwhile investment” for Rhode Islanders, the Economic Progress Institute concludes in a …

New Report Highlights the Impact of Medicaid on Rhode Islanders

GoLocalProv News Team The Economic Progress Institute released a report examining the impact of Medicaid for Rhode Islanders and the economy. The report titled “Medicaid Matters in Rhode Island 2018”provides information about the Medicaid program in the state and includes stories from Rhode Islanders who are granted access to healthcare through Medicaid. “We published this report to help policymakers and the public have …

EPI releases report highlighting positive impact of Medicaid for Rhode Islanders and the economy

The Economic Progress Institute (EPI) previewed its latest report today at a press conference at the Rhode Island State House. Medicaid Matters in Rhode Island 2018 provides information about the breadth and scope of the Medicaid program in the Ocean State. The report includes stories from Rhode Islanders for whom Medicaid provides access to health care and services, including those …

EPI report highlights importance of Medicaid to Rhode Islanders

By Rob Borkowski PROVIDENCE – Without the billions of dollars the state budgets for Medicaid each year, Sara Braganca might not have found the resources to survive colon cancer. Braganca enrolled in Medicaid in 2016 after she was laid off and lost her health insurance. An unfortunate colon cancer diagnosis called for chemotherapy, radiation and surgery over the course of …