Medicaid rates hikes would take longer but apply to more beneficiaries in budget request

BY: - October 31, 2023

An eagerly anticipated report released by the Rhode Island Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner (OHIC) in September recommended a $45 million increase in Medicaid fee-for-service reimbursement rates paid to providers, some of whom have not seen a change in rates in years. The response from the state agency that administers the Medicaid program: Too […]

State acknowledges falling short in providing critical early intervention services

BY: - October 6, 2023

The Rhode Island Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) Friday acknowledged shortcomings in the state’s ability to screen infants and toddlers with disabilities so they can receive special education services under federal law. The U.S Department of Education determined last June that Rhode Island’s Early Intervention program “needs assistance” for the second consecutive […]

Judge extends timeline for state to finish employment plan for workers with disabilities

BY: - August 1, 2023

PROVIDENCE — A federal judge has given state officials more time to comply with a near-decade old agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to bring programs for Rhode Islanders with intellectual and developmental disabilities in line with federal law. Rhode Island U.S. District Court Chief Judge John J. McConnell Tuesday extended a 2014 consent […]

Latino opioid deaths up significantly, task force report finds

BY: - June 14, 2023

PROVIDENCE — Opioid overdose deaths continue to affect communities of color at a significantly greater rate compared to white communities according to a new report from the Rhode Island Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS). According to the report released Wednesday at a meeting of the Governor’s Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force, […]

Richard Charest confirmed as EOHHS Secretary

BY: - May 23, 2023

PROVIDENCE — The governor’s nominee for secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) was confirmed by the Senate in a near unanimous vote Tuesday. Gov. Dan McKee nominated Richard Charest, who served as director of the Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals (BHDDH), starting June 2021, on May 12. […]

McKee nominates BHDDH director to head EOHHS

BY: - May 12, 2023

PROVIDENCE — Gov. Dan McKee Friday nominated Richard Charest, director of the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospital (BHDDH), to serve as the next Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services. The nomination now goes to the Senate for confirmation. Charest has led BHDDH since 2021. “Since his arrival at […]

EOHHS awards $85K in grants to support Medicaid renewals

BY: - May 3, 2023

CRANSTON — More than $85,000 is being distributed to 21 community organizations  in the state to support Medicaid renewals, the Executive Office of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday. The grants will assist the organizations in their work ensuring that people are kept informed of developments and don’t lose Medicaid coverage if they qualify. The […]