HSRI open enrollment continues despite ACA constitutional challenge

PROVIDENCE — The first weekday after Fort Worth Federal District Court Judge Reed O’Connor ruled the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, arguing the zeroed-out individual mandate neutralizes it as an exercise of Congress’s tax power, HealthSource RI health care open enrollment proceeded unperturbed. Monday, Zachary W. Sherman, director of HealthSource RI, the state’s ACA health insurance exchange, said the challenge does not …

R.I. group denounces Texas court’s ruling on Affordable Care Act

PROVIDENCE — A broad coalition of community and advocacy organizations on Monday sharply criticized the decision last week by a federal judge in Texas ruling the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — unconstitutional. “Friday’s misguided decision by District Court Judge Reed O’Connor in Texas v. Azar striking down the entirety of the Affordable Care Act marks a devastating blow to …

Report: Many Rhode Islanders can’t make ends meet

PROVIDENCE – Two-thirds of single-parent families and large numbers of other Rhode Islanders don’t earn enough to cover basic expenses, according to a report released Thursday by the Economic Progress Institute. The Providence-based research and policy group used the findings to call for a $15 an hour minimum wage in the Ocean State to help close the gap between what …