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New Mural At Open Door Health

A new mural brightens the side of the Open Door Health clinic while honoring the people important to the artist and the community. “Love is a Many Gendered Thing” by renowned queer artist Brian Kenny is a tribute to the the trans and queer communities served by Open Door Health. Interlaced throughout this complex work,

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‘Giving Birth In America’ At List

(10.15) More proof that we have become a third world country. A screening of the documentary Giving Birth In America will be followed by a conversation with Every Mother Counts founder Christy Turlington Burns. The movie examines the issues that have contributed to the maternal health crisis in the United States, where women are more

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Athenaeum Salon — Kramer!

(9.30) Dr. Peter Kramer — author of “Listening to Prozac” and a member of the Brown Medical School faculty — will discuss his new book “Ordinarily Well” this Friday as part of the Providence Athenaeum Salon Series. Book sale and signing will follow. A practicing doctor who trained as a psychotherapist and worked with pioneers

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Help With HealthSourceRI Enrollment At Rochambeau

(12.2) A team from HealthSourceRI will be at Rochambeau Library today to help with enrollment. The Providence Community Library website says this event ends at 5:45pm. Yesterday’s email from HealthSourceRI says 7pm. It is suggested you bring: A Photo ID (driver’s license or passport) Your HealthSource RI username and password Any recent HealthSource RI or

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HealthSourceRI Enrollment Deadline March 31st

Despite extensions announced earlier this week by federal authorities, the deadline for individuals and families selecting a new plan through HealthSourceRI is still Monday, March 31st. HealthSourceRI spokeswoman Dara Chadwick spoke with the Providence Journal, Chadwick said the state will still use federal guidelines to create special provisions for those unable to enroll by March

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Obama Pitches Health Care Between Two Ferns

By now most people have heard of this effort by the Obama administration to get the young invisibles on board with HealthCare.gov. (Here in Rhode Island go to the state-run exchange HealthSourceRI). In case you have yet to watch Zach Galianfinakis interview Obama on Between Two Ferns, take six minutes now. Click on image. Between

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Slater Compassion Center Opens In Providence

The Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center is open for business. The amusing names attached to certain cannabis strains may tend to undermine their image as serious medicine but this nomenclature has been evolving over many years and in no way diminishes the validity of the treatment. Plant taxonomy in general is full of sly references

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Blue Cross Back At The Trough

The headline says it all “Blue Cross seeking hefty rate increase.” According to today’s Providence Journal, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is proposing 2014 premium increases averaging 18 percent for individuals and 15 percent for small groups. The rates, the largest increases requested by Blue Cross in recent years, must be approved

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End Gender Rating In Health Insurance — Rally

(5.1) Sorry to be late on this one. Ocean State Action has called for a rally in the State House rotunda, Gender rating is the industry practice of health insurers charging women higher premiums than men. This is outright gender discrimination, and RI must outlaw this practice now! Urge the General Assembly to pass H-7512/S-2208.

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The Commish Comes Through For Direct Payers — Denies Blue Cross Rate Hike

Kudos to Rhode Island Health Insurance Commissioner Christopher F. Koller; it would appear that he has heard the desperate chorus of voices from the direct payer cohort. Not only has Koller issued an order lowering the effective overall average* rate for the Direct Pay plan by 1.1 percent, but according to the Providence Business News,

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