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 …

Raimondo pulls Medicaid co-pays proposal from R.I. state budget

By Patrick Anderson Journal Staff Writer Idea to charge co-pays to Medicaid recipients ostensibly will no longer be a part of state budget after governor moves to remove it from budget and House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello stated upcoming state version of budget would have sought to kill it. PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A high-profile cost-savings idea in Gov. Gina Raimondo’s budget …

Medicaid Matters in Rhode Island 2018

Rhode Island’s Medicaid Program serves approximately one-in-three Rhode Islanders, providing access to primary and preventive health care services for children, parents, adults, seniors and people with disabilities. Medicaid is the primary funder for long-term care services that children and adults with significant disabilities and seniors need to live safely at home or to pay for care in a nursing facility …

Community advocates unite to push for housing bills

By Christine Dunn Journal Staff Writer PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Community groups from across Rhode Island met at the State House Wednesday afternoon for the “Power of Community Advocacy Day,” designed to get the message out to lawmakers about programs that need funding and laws that need passing. Many expressed support for the “source of income” legislation (H 7528 / S …

Raising Minimum Wage boosts economy

by Doug Hall Increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour is one of the best things we can do to simultaneously help low-wage, working families and boost the Rhode Island economy. Today, a full-time, year-round worker earning a minimum wage in Rhode Island would fall nearly $5,000 a year short of the amount needed for a single adult to …

In search of common political sense when it comes to jobs

By Richard Asinof PROVIDENCE – At the 10th annual policy and budget conference hosted by The Economic Progress Institute on Thursday morning, April 26, at the Omni Hotel, entitled “Budget Rhode Map: Paving the Way to Good Jobs,” there were plenty of facts and figures to digest, lots on insightful commentary from both government officials and community advocates to unwrap, and …