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 …

Economic Progress Institute celebrates 10th Annual Policy and Budget Conference

The Economic Progress Institute (EPI) celebrated its 10th annual policy and budget conference entitled Budget Rhode Map: Paving the Way to Good Jobs. Each year, the Institute hosts a half-day conference to educate policymakers, community leaders, and interested residents about critical policy challenges and opportunities facing Rhode Island. This year’s conference focused on strategies that improve the skills of Rhode Island’s workforce, especially …

Childcare cited as workforce issue at annual conference

By Paul Edward Parker Journal Staff Writer  PROVIDENCE, R.I. — “Childcare is economic development” was one of the messages Thursday at the Economic Progress Institute’s annual policy and budget conference. One of the speakers was Katiria Perez, a married mother of two who wanted to get a job to boost her family’s income. “I decided to stay home because I couldn’t …

My Turn: Rachel Flum: Invest Today for Our Prosperity Now and In the Future

By Rachel Flum, Providence Journal op-ed Rhode Islanders understand that smart investments lay the foundation for thriving communities today and widely shared prosperity in the future. Investments in our schools set our children on a path to success, investments in health care help working people and their employers to succeed, and investments in infrastructure — roads, bridges, green buildings — help …

In Four Years, Taxpayers Spent $18-Million On Medicaid Assistance For Workers at Rhode Island Companies Receiving Millions in Economic Development Tax ‘Incentives’

Alex Nunes Between the state’s 2014 and 2017 fiscal years, Rhode Island allocated $18-million through its Medicaid-funded Rite Care and Rite Share medical assistance programs to employees working at companies that simultaneously received more than $114-million in state subsidies designed to spur job growth and workforce development. CVS Health topped the list for total Rite Care and Rite Share expenses, …

Rhode Island Campaign for Home Care Independence and Choice launched today

Steve Ahlquist The Rhode Island Campaign for Home Care Independence and Choice, an effort to provide seniors and individuals living with physical disabilities more options when determining their long term care setting was launched at the Rhode Island State House on Thursday. The new campaign, supported by senior advocates, legislators, home care workers, and allies, announced its support of passing …

Business groups want wage discrimination bill with teeth to be defanged

Steve Ahlquist The Senate Labor Committee started Wednesday’s hearing on two wage discrimination bills with only two Senators in attendance, Senator Gayle Goldin (Democrat, District 3, Providence) the sponsor of one of the bills, and Senator Paul Fogarty (Democrat, District 23, Burrillville, Glocester), who chairs the committee. Despite missing four Senators, Goldin introduced her bill and some 12 people testified …