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To the Editor: As the unemployment picture gets worse in Rhode Island, some in government are actually making it harder to find work. At the urging of labor unions, some state and federal officials are trying to make it more difficult to hire independent contractors. more
To the Editor: As CEO of PACE Organization of Rhode Island – the only fully integrated, Medicare- and Medicaid-funded health plan in the state, I feel a strong affinity for the work being done at the Executive Office of Health & Human Services with respect to the Integrated Care Initiative. We founded PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) in 2005 in response to a growing need among the state’s aging population – many of whom had a strong desire to remain at home in their communities despite having complex health care needs. more
To the Editor: This shouldn’t surprise anyone (“United’s marketplace may be first to challenge HealthSource RI,” Feb. 5, 2014, PBN.com). Fragmenting the market by opening competing exchanges will defeat the group purchasing power of HealthSource RI, preventing it from driving real reform through the system. more
Everyone has heard how some companies started with a few diagrams scribbled over a kitchen table or dorm-room desk, which energized the founders to achieve success. Such tales may indeed be true, but the vast majority of startups benefit by creating a written business plan. more
What do Rhode Island businesses want from their health care? According to four leading business groups, they don’t want to be responsible for the costs of providing access to care through Rhode Island’s health-insurance exchange for other Rhode Islanders. And why should they? more
President Barack Obama recently took some heat for saying that marijuana is no worse than alcohol, and perhaps less dangerous “in terms of its impact on the individual consumer.” more
For all the progress made on women’s rights, one measure of inequality still stands out: Females earn less than males, even in the same occupations. Closing this gender gap will require changing the way employers think about work. more
In the early 1980s, when I first dipped my toe into the waters of health care and health insurance, there was a severe crisis. Subscribers were livid over health insurance rates. They demanded change in ways that makes today’s complaints look tame. more
Authorities around the world are gradually piecing together a shocking picture of how banks have manipulated benchmarks that influence the price of everything from mortgage loans to foreign currencies. more
In 2004, while testifying before the R.I. Joint Oversight Committee for Healthcare, I suggested that subscribers were largely responsible for out-of-control health care costs. I struck a nerve, because the next day The Providence Journal announced, “Blue Cross blames subscribers for cost increases.” more
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