Education

Reed Helps Advance $179B Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Bill in U.S. Senate

As a member of the Labor-H Subcommittee, Reed helps boost funding for medical research, childcare, college affordability, opioid abuse prevention, & Childhood Cancer STAR Act WASHINGTON, DC – In an effort to make critical investments in working families, public health, and education, the Senate Appropriations Committee has approved the FY2019 Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-H) Appropriations Bill. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), who helped craft the bill as a member of the Labor-H Subcommittee, was among those on the full committee who voted 30-1 in favor of the bill, which would boost funding to strengthen…
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US Supreme Court Strikes Required Disclosure of Abortion Options

VOA News/Ken Bredemeier WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down a California law that required anti-abortion crisis clinics to let patients know about the availability of free state-provided abortions, ruling that it violated the free-speech rights of the Christian-based centers. Under a 1973 ruling, abortions are legal in the United States in most instances. But the new 5-4 decision handed anti-abortion activists a significant victory, approving of the way the clinics — often called crisis pregnancy centers — advise women with unplanned pregnancies against having an abortion. The majority opinion said the California law "imposes an unduly burdensome disclosure…
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Growing Populations, Aging Societies Portend Global Care Crisis

VOA News/Lisa Schlein GENEVA — The International Labor Organization (ILO) says urgent action is needed to avert a global crisis as the number of people, including children and elderly, needing care rises, The warning is part of a new ILO report on care work and care jobs unveiled Thursday in Geneva. The ILO cautions that the global care crisis will become a reality in coming years without a doubling of investment. Authors of the report say $ trillion was spent in 2015 on education, health and social work. They say that amount must be increased to $ trillion by 2030 to prevent the…
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Joint Statement on Behalf of Care New England, Partners HealthCare, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Lifespan

Care New England and Partners HealthCare have approached Lifespan and will begin formal discussions to explore how all three health care providers might work together to strengthen patient care delivery in Rhode Island. By combining the talent, experience and resources of our liked-minded, provider-based organizations, we envision creating a national model that fully leverages the integration and coordination of care. In doing so, we are better equipped to meet market challenges and mandates to improve outcomes while reducing health care costs.
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Care New England and Partners HealthCare Announce Plans to Form Definitive Agreement

Care New England Health System of Providence, Rhode Island (CNE), and Partners HealthCare of Massachusetts today announced they have agreed to enter into a definitive agreement, the next step in the process for CNE to become part of Partners HealthCare. Last year, the CNE Board of Directors conducted an expedited review of more than 12 state, regional, and national health care organizations, including for-profit and not-for-profit entities. In April 2017, CNE announced that it had elected to join Partners HealthCare, signing a Letter of Intent (LOI) and agreeing to negotiate exclusively with Partners. Today’s announcement comes after a 10-month due…
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Stop & Shop Recalls Store Brand Frozen Whole Kernel Sweet Corn

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is advising consumers that the Stop & Shop Supermarket Company is recalling Stop & Shop Brand Frozen Whole Kernel Sweet Corn due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The product details are: Stop & Shop Brand Frozen Whole Kernel Sweet Corn, 16 oz., UPC 68826700676 with a Best By Date of Oct-2019. Stop & Shop has received no reports of illnesses to date. Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. However, listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness…
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Raimondo Statement on Republican-Trump Tax Bill and Attack on Middle Class Families’ Health Care

PROVIDENCE, RI - Governor Gina Raimondo issued the following statement today in response to national Republicans' plan to repeal the individual mandate to pay for the Republican-Trump Tax Bill that offers a handout to the super wealthy. "It's bad enough that the Republican-Trump Tax Bill will raise taxes on hardworking, middle class Rhode Island families, now President Trump and national Republicans want to raise their health care premiums, too. A repeal of the individual mandate will be devastating for working families, and will create chaos and uncertainty across our economy. More than 95 percent of Rhode Islanders have health insurance…
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FDA approves pill with sensor that digitally tracks if patients have ingested their medication

(This photo provided by Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.) The Food and Drug Administration approved the first drug in the with a digital ingestion tracking system. Abilify MyCite (aripiprazole tablets with sensor) has an ingestible sensor embedded in the pill that records that the medication was taken. The product is approved for the treatment of schizophrenia, acute treatment of manic and mixed episodes associated with bipolar I disorder and for use as an add-on treatment for depression in adults. The system works by sending a message from the pill’s sensor to a wearable patch. The patch transmits the information to a…
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