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Langevin, McMorris Rodgers Lead Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Support for Family Caregivers

Legislation would authorize $200 million over the next five years for the Lifespan Respite Care Program WASHINGTON – Representatives Jim Langevin (D-RI) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) today introduced the Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act of 2019, a bipartisan bill that would authorize $200 million in funding over the next five years to continue building coordinated respite services for families caring for loved ones with chronic, disabling conditions. Langevin originally authored and introduced the Lifespan Respite Care Act in 2002, and he served as the lead Democratic sponsor when it was signed into law in 2006. “Caring for a loved one in…
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Red Cross Calls for Volunteers to Install Free Smoke Alarms

Local events are part of national effort to install 100,000 alarms in 2 weeks PROVIDENCE, RI., April 2, 2019—The American Red Cross in Rhode Island seeks volunteers to help install 100,000 FREE smoke alarms during a two-week push of Sound the Alarm home fire safety events next month. People can register now at ;to volunteer at home fire safety and smoke alarm installation event in Greater Providence on Saturday, May 11 and raise donations to help save lives from home fires. These crises are the nation’s most frequent disaster and kill seven people each day—often in homes without working smoke alarms. “Neighbors vulnerable to home fires…
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Reed Statement on Trump’s Efforts to Strike Down All Affordable Care Act Protections

WASHINGTON, DC -- In its efforts to eliminate the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Trump Administration has now gone a major step further in asking the courts to throw out the entire law, which includes critical protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), a strong supporter of the ACA, today warned that if the Trump Administration’s legal strategy succeeds and the courts dismantle the ACA, then millions of consumers would likely lose health care coverage or face higher ; Reed stated: “This is proof that President Trump was being dishonest when he tweeted last fall: “Republicans will totally protect…
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DNC on Trump DOJ’s Latest Attack on Health Care

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement after it was reported that the Justice Department issued a new filing in lawsuit challenging the individual mandate that calls on courts to strike down the entire Affordable Care Act: “Donald Trump and Republicans are obsessed with taking health care away from millions of Americans. For nearly a decade, Republicans have tried and failed to kill the ACA. This filing moves them one step closer to throwing the financial security and peace of mind of millions – not to mention one of the largest sectors of our economy – into a tailspin.…
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South Africa’s Liberal Abortion Laws Hampered by Widespread Stigma

VOA NEWS- Anita Powell RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA — Twenty-six-year-old Precious, as she has asked us to call her to protect her identity, is 16 weeks pregnant. And so is her best friend, also by Precious’ boyfriend. That event turned her life upside down and brought her to the difficult decision to seek an abortion. She lives in South Africa, where abortion is legal without justification and available through a nurse through 12 weeks of pregnancy, and legal up to 20 weeks, when done by a doctor and with justification. But when she tried to get an abortion in her home city…
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EU Parliament Urged to Strip ExxonMobil Lobbyists of Access Badges

VOA NEWS- Agence France-Presse BRUSSELS — The European Parliament faced calls Thursday to strip ExxonMobil lobbyists of their access badges after the US oil giant missed the assembly's first hearing into claims it knowingly misled the public on climate change. Greens deputy Molly Scott Cato told the hearing in Brussels she would formally make the request later Thursday to deny ExxonMobil its six registered parliament access badges. Activists and scientists told the hearing that ExxonMobil has for decades misled the public about the threat climate change poses to the world, comparing it the tobacco lobby's past campaign. Under parliamentary rules, Cato…
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CODAC Behavioral Healthcare Part of Innovative Study to Offer Medication Assisted Treatment at Pharmacies

CRANSTON (March 14, 2019) —A new study in Rhode Island is taking a novel approach to dealing with the opioid crisis that could eventually be replicated across the country. Through a $ million grant awarded to Rhode Island Hospital from the National Institutes of Health, pharmacies will take a bigger role in offering addiction treatment services with the support of a conglomerate of healthcare entities, including CODAC Behavioral Healthcare. The three-year study aims to improve accessibility to medication assisted treatment (MAT), which typically requires patients to meet with an approved physician before being placed on an evidence-based treatment plan. Through…
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H-E-B Recalls Sauté Pans Due to Laceration Hazard

Recall Summary Name of Product: Kitchen & Table qt. Sauté Pan with glass lid Hazard: The glass lid can crack or shatter during normal use, posing a laceration hazard. Remedy: Refund Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled sauté pans with glass lid and return them to H‑E‑B for a full refund. Consumer Contact: H-E-B toll-free at 855-432-4438 from 8 to 6 CT Monday through Friday or online at ;and click on Product Recalls for more information. Recall Details Units: About 12,000 Description: This recall involves H-E-B’s Kitchen & Table qt. Sauté Pans with glass lids. The affected products were sold in red and gray.…
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Pillsbury Unbleached All-Purpose Flour Being Recalled

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is advising consumers that the Hometown Food Company is recalling two lot codes of its five-pound bags of Pillsbury Unbleached All-Purpose Flour because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. Roughly 12,245 cases of impacted products were distributed through retailers and distributors nationwide. Only 'Best If Used By Dates' APR 19 2020 and APR 20 2020 are impacted. More details about the recalled products are available online. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were have been no reports of any illnesses associated with this recall. Salmonella is an…
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CODAC Behavioral Healthcare Expands into Pawtucket As Cases of Opioid Use Disorder Continue to Climb

PAWTUCKET, (March 7, 2019) —Due to the growing number of people seeking treatment services for substance use disorder, CODAC Behavioral Healthcare has expanded its operations by opening a new location at 600 Pawtucket Ave., Pawtucket. More than 220 patients will begin receiving care at the new location on Monday, March 11, but that number is expected to increase, according to senior leaders at CODAC. The 3,000-square foot building will allow CODAC staff to offer medication assisted treatment, tobacco cessation services, counseling, alternative treatments for pain management, ambulatory care, and other holistic approaches to treat addiction, which are not typically available…
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