US hospitals look to provide insurance for poor patients

US hospitals are exploring ways to buy “Obamacare” insurance plans for their sickest and poorest patients as they strain under the weight of tens of billions of dollars in uncompensated costs from the uninsured. But the move is opposed by the Obama administration and insurers, who fear it could add to the turmoil surrounding the [&hellip

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URI professor conducts survey suggesting that nurse-run medical clinic saves millions in health care costs

People who don’t have health insurance are often forced to seek treatment at hospitalemergency rooms for colds, body aches and other routine illnesses. Those visits cost patients,hospitals and taxpayers millions of dollars every year. A University of Rhode Island professor who founded a free health clinic in Providence has spearheaded a study that suggests walk-in [&hellip

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URI pharmacy students improve patient awareness of HPV, cervical cancer

Results of 2-year study at Clinica Esperanza/Hope Clinic presented at health conference in Boston Jeff Chau didn’t know much about HPV when he started volunteering at a free health clinic in Providence three years ago. Now the University of Rhode Island pharmacy student is so knowledgeable about the cancer-causing virus he helped research and write [&hellip

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When patients become navigators

    Patients become advocates, and advocates become patients at Clinica Esperanza    At Clinica Esperanza, a clinic for the uninsured in Providence Rhode Island, we asked, “Who knows how best we can help our patients?” The answer – the patients themselves. And so, when we had an opportunity to turn some of our patients into advocates [&hellip

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Help Us Find or Fund a New Refrigerator

Keeping people healthy and preventing illness is a key part of our mission at Clinica Esperanza. One service we provide our patients is free vaccines for a whole lot of possible illnesses: pneumonia, tetanus, flu, hepatitis and more. However, vaccines need to be refrigerated and our fridge is on its last legs. We need to [&hellip

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125,000 RI residents still without health insurance

The number of uninsured children and people under the age of 65 in Rhode Island has remained steady over the past several years. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012 Current Population Survey released Sept. 17, about 125,000 nonelderly Rhode Islanders did not have health insurance from 2011-2012, including about 13,000 children. These numbers are [&hellip

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