The Scoop: Candidate Levies Corruption Charge Against Taveras
Wednesday, October 02, 2013
Sionni Puts Taveras and City Council on Notice
“As far as I am concerned many (but not all) City Council members walk around with a "For Sale" sign on their backs,” Sionni told GoLocal in regard to news that Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has nominated David Igliozzi to the Providence Housing Court to replace Jorge Elorza, who is running for mayor of Providence.
“I am upset with the politics-as-usual, vote buying that goes on at City Hall every day and I am going to call them out on it. Councilman John Igliozzi made it clear that he did not support the property tax increase included in the Mayor’s budget but then did an about face and voted in favor of it. Shortly after that rumors began to surface that he sold his vote to the Mayor to get a job for his brother in the City Solicitor's office. A few days after the budget passed and David Igliozzi was hired by the city. Then more rumors began to surface that the deal included making David Igliozzi a housing court judge. That has also come to pass and I am calling on the City Council to vote this nomination down.”
“This is a corrupt deal and I am going to shine the brightest light I can on it,” added Sionni. “The taxpayers are being bled dry so Mayor Taveras can look like the hero that saved Providence and the Igliozzi family gets another paycheck and more influence to trade. It has to stop.”
In order to prevent Igliozzi’s appointment, Sionni is calling on Providence residents to contact their city council members to voice their displeasure. In fact, Sionni has listed the names and email addresses for each Providence City Council member on his Facebook page.
David Igliozzi, is a former state senator who ran an unsuccessful campaign for Providence mayor in 2002. John Igliozzi, his brother, is a long-time member of the City Council, representing Silver Lake since 1997.
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Senate on DCYF Report
The Senate Health and Human Services Committee holds hearing on draft report on findings and recommendations concerning Department of Children Youth, and Families.
On Tuesday, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee held a hearing to review a DCYF draft report, which concerns oversight of the department, outcomes, and service delivery gaps.
"Our focus was on understanding the best practices for prevention and intervention in order to positively influence the trends in the Rhode Island child welfare system, to identify resource and system gaps and formulate recommendations for consideration. In addition, we learned of the positive efforts from our community leaders who also work tirelessly with families and youth to ensure the safety and permanency of children in Rhode Island," said Committee Chairman Sen. Joshua Miller.
Here's what the committee found:
- Significant gaps exist among state agencies, providers, and caregivers in the systematic determination of child and family needs and coordinated efforts to identify and deliver a comprehensive continuum of care for services that support and enhance the holistic physical, social-emotional, and development of youth and children in the system.
- Although many agencies and providers are now utilizing evidence based interventions with children and youth, contracts generally do not provide the funding for staff training and technical assistance, assessment standards, and program evaluations leading toward alignment with value-based outcome improvement measures.
- Our current system is inadequately addressing the transitional period and needs for youth in the child welfare system between the ages 18-21, often resulting in poor educational attainment, financial uncertainly and mental health instability and other costs to society.
- Reporting mechanisms are unclear as they relate to child fatalities and near fatalities of youth involved in the DCYF System.
- Increased data and accountability is critical and should be relevant and transparent to evaluate the efficacy, fidelity and outcomes of supports and services in order inform program improvements and fiscal decisions.
- Our state must focus on balancing the challenges of delivering high quality services and supports in a fiscally restrained environment.
Langevin - HealthsourceRI
Langevin Applauds HealthSource RI for Expanding Access to Health Insurance
Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) issued the following statement in response to the opening of HealthSource RI, the state exchange established to help Rhode Islanders navigate the health insurance options available to them thanks to the Affordable Care Act.
“We have come a long way since passage of the Affordable Care Act, and it has been no small task to reach this critical juncture. I would like to commend the leadership, vision and collaboration of Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts, former Health Insurance Commissioner Christopher Koller, current Health Insurance Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Hittner, HealthSource RI Director Christine Ferguson, and countless others who have worked tirelessly under the auspices of Governor Chafee. I would also like to thank our health care partners throughout the community who have contributed their resources and expertise to this endeavor.
“While a majority of states opted not to operate a health insurance exchange of their own, Rhode Island chose to be a leader in creating a state-driven, integrated marketplace that will provide quality, affordable health insurance coverage for its citizens. HealthSource RI will allow individuals and small businesses to shop for insurance based on transparent, competitive pricing. The online tools make it easy to use, and their staff is ready to field questions and concerns from the Rhode Islanders who are shopping for health insurance. All Americans deserve access to high-quality, affordable health care, and the state exchanges will enable them to tap into those services.”
Rep. Kennedy Awarded
National organization honors Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy.
The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), a global not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology, has named Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy (D-Dist. 38, Hopkinton, Westerly) as its national State Legislator of the Year.
HIMSS said Kennedy was selected as this year’s Legislator of the Year because “he has been a leading voice in the State of Rhode Island on the impact health IT has on care delivery.”
Kennedy was also recognized for his activism in health IT initiatives nationally. He participated in the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) Transforming Health Care Through Technology Project and played an integral part in the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) 2013 resolution regarding Health Benefit Exchange Navigator Programs.
First elected to the House of Representatives in 1988, Kennedy ranks second in the House in seniority. He is the chairman of the House Committee on Corporations and also co-chairs the Joint Committee on Healthcare Oversight.
Photo: Scott MacLean, HIMSS Board Chairman (left), Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy (center), and Dr. Carol Steltenkamp, HIMSS Board Vice Chair (right).
House HEW to Review DoH
House HEW to review DoH certificate of need process.
The House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare announced today that it will meet Tuesday, October 8, to review the certificate of need process of the Rhode Island Department of Health, with a focus on pain management.
Rep. Joseph M. McNamara (D-Dist. 19, Warwick, Cranston), Chair of the HEW Committee, said in a letter to committee members announcing the meeting that it is being called as a direct result of constituent concerns relating to an application submitted to the Department of Health by Pentec Health.
Based in Pennsylvania, Pentec is a leader in providing specialized, in-home care for patients with implanted pain pumps and is authorized to provide in-home nursing services in 28 states. Since 2009, at the request of Boston and Providence doctors, it had been servicing a number of severely ill patients in Rhode Island, employing the services of an individual with a Rhode Island nursing license.
The company, which also has a Rhode Island pharmacy license, was informed by the Department of Health that it needed to obtain a certificate of need, offering proof that its service was wanted, affordable and safe, and also needed to open a Rhode Island office, which it did at a cost of $1,000 a month.
But after spending about $100,000 to obtain state approval of an application for a home nursing care provider’s license, appearing at three hearings and waiting for seven months for a Health Department decision, the company admitted frustration with the process, withdrew its license application and terminated its services in Rhode Island.
McNamara said that while the Pentec situation prompted the hearing, the HEW Committee will review the criteria and affordability of the Health Department’s certificate of need process and will also discuss the related issues of home and hospice and palliative care in Rhode Island.
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