Education

RIDE Extends Summer Meals Program

Grab-and-Go Sites Remain Available Across the State PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) is extending the Summer Food Service Program through December 31, 2020, enabling many schools and other sites to provide meals – both breakfast and lunch – free to all children and youth, 18 years old and younger. "We owe it to our young people to do all we can to support their physical and academic well-being, especially as we deal with this unprecedented public health challenge," said Angélica Infante-Green, Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education. "Extending the Summer Food Service Program will ensure that students…
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Yoga In the Park

On Tuesday, September 22 and Wednesday, September 23 at 10 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island will be hosting "Yoga in the Park" class at Lincoln Woods and Colt State Park. The class will combine breathing work, mindfulness, and slow rhythmic movements to promote strength. Space is limited and registration is required. Visit  for more information and to register.
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Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island announces community partners for ninth annual Blue across Rhode Island

Company-wide day of service will provide community support for 15 organizations statewide PROVIDENCE, RI (September 2, 2020) –With a focus on safety, social distancing and service, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) will again embark on its annual day of service this fall to help nonprofit partners whose missions are so critical to the fabric of a healthy and vibrant community  – brought into even sharper focus during the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the ninth annual Blue across Rhode Island day of service on September 25, BCBSRI will partner with 15 nonprofit organizations across the state that work to support…
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Lifespan Community Health Institute’s targeted COVID-19 testing in the community

Lifespan is currently providing COVID-19 mobile testing opportunities that target high-risk populations including persons with disabilities, the elderly, and Black and Latinx ; The Lifespan Community Health Institute is leading this effort, and providing the mobile testing opportunities in partnership with community organizations including : the Providence Housing Authority, the Central Falls Housing Authority, Bethel AME church, Elmwood Avenue Church of God, Center for Southeast Asians, Islamic Center of RI, the West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation (a RIDOH-funded Health Equity Zone), Higher Ground International, and the RI Commission for the Deaf and Hard of ; This testing effort is specifically…
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OPINION/KIM KECK: What is the future of telemedicine?

By Kim Keck It seems almost surreal that just five months ago, telemedicine was still widely considered a “nice to have” and not a “need to have.” As soon as the coronavirus pandemic hit Rhode Island with full force, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island quickly made the decision to provide coverage for telemedicine services by all of its in-network providers with no cost to members. Telemedicine visits surged 50% in March, and now virtual health-care interactions are on pace to top $1 billion nationally in 2020, according to Forrester Research. Before COVID-19, telemedicine was used primarily for…
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Community

Actualizaciones del cumplimiento de regulaciones del COVID-19

Algunos negocios reciben puntajes perfectos; otros reciben órdenes de cumplimiento De acuerdo con el grupo encargado de hacer cumplir las regulaciones del COVID-19, más de 250 negocios s en sectores de salud, hospedaje y minoristas, recibieron puntuaciones perfectas en sus inspecciones. El grupo es parte de una colaboración entre el Departamento de Salud de Rhode Island (RIDOH) y el Departamento de Regulación de Negocios de Rhode Island (DBR). Estas inspecciones están encargadas de medir el cumplimiento de los requisitos COVID-19 para negocios en industrias específicas. Una lista de estas empresas se puede encontrar en nuestra página de internet. “Los dueños…
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Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island announces $11 million second wave of medical and dental premium relief for commercial customers and members

Action builds on $ million in medical premium relief Blue Cross announced in June PROVIDENCE, RI (August 20, 2020) – Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) announced today that it will provide an additional $11 million in medical and dental premium relief to its fully insured large group and small group customers, as well as individuals who purchase insurance through BCBSRI or HealthSource RI. The announcement follows the $ million medical premium relief and 25 percent dental premium credit that BCBSRI announced in June. The company is offering additional medical and dental premium relief as the result of…
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Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island expands no-cost Medicare Advantage benefits through December 31, 2020

Includes $0 copays for a number of services and prescription drugs; $0 telehealth visits PROVIDENCE, RI (August 11, 2020) – Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI), the leading choice for Medicare eligible adults in Rhode Island, has taken additional steps to help Medicare Advantage members access the care they need during the COVID-19 pandemic. The company has temporarily expanded a number of benefits across most Medicare Advantage plans offered, including $0 copays for additional healthcare providers and services, as well as for many prescription drugs such as most insulin, most inhalers, dementia drugs, Part B infusion and injection…
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US Approaches 4.9 Million Coronavirus Cases

By VOA News The number of COVID-19 cases around the world continues its steady climb with more than million infections, according to Johns Hopkins ; The continues to have more cases than any place else with nearly million, followed by Brazil with million and India with two to Johns Hopkins University, there were more than 2,000 COVID-19 deaths in the United States over the past 24 hours as of Thursday night – the highest one-day number since early May. Vaccine prospectsThe top infectious disease expert says the world will never be able to eradicate the coronavirus, but he is hopeful hundreds of millions of doses of vaccine could…
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