Bill would require insurance, Medicaid coverage for doula services

Bill would require insurance, Medicaid coverage for doula services
Rep. Marcia Ranglin-Vassell (D-Dist. 5, Providence) has submitted legislation (2019-H 5609) to make doula services eligible for reimbursement through private insurance and Medicaid programs. The bill’s purpose is to achieve healthier outcomes for women and babies, particularly for black women, who experience significantly higher rates of death or injury during childbirth. Sen. Ana B. Quezada (D-Dist. 2, Providence) intends to introduce the bill in the Senate.
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Gun control legislation expected to take center stage at State House once again

PROVIDENCE — If history repeats itself, hundreds of people on both sides of the gun debate will descend on the Rhode Island State House in their signature yellow and orange T-shirts to testify Tuesday night on a raft of gun bills, including Governor Raimondo’s push to ban assault weapons, high-capacity magazines and guns on school grounds.

Equal pay proposal returns to changed R.I. House

Progressive Rhode Island Democrats released a “Women’s Economic Justice Platform” on Wednesday that includes the latest effort to erase the gender pay gap.

PROVIDENCE — As the number of women elected to the General Assembly hits a new high and the House prepares to vote on enshrining abortion rights in state law, progressive Rhode Island Democrats released a “Women’s Economic Justice Platform” on Wednesday that includes the latest effort to erase the gender pay gap.

“If we are really serious about economic equality for women and people of color, if we are serious about supporting working families, it is far past time for ending the practices that perpetuate the wage gap,” said Rep. Susan Donovan, House sponsor of the pay equity bill.

Bill Would Create $15 Minimum Wage for City Workers

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A group of Providence lawmakers have introduced legislation that would require a $15 minimum wage for Providence city workers.

The bill is co-sponsored by Democratic Reps. Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Moira Walsh, Anastasia Williams, Chris Blazejewski and Edith Ajello. WPRI-TV reports the legislation adds a provision to the state's minimum wage law that would require Providence to start paying employees $15 per hour beginning Jan. 1, 2020.

Bill would allow for the possibility for parole for juveniles serving life

“My name is Mario Monteiro. I’m a juvenile lifer serving a mandatory consecutive double life sentence.”

Those words were read to the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday by 17 year old Anastasia Pattison, Monteiro’s cousin. Pattison continued:

“Over 17 and a half years ago, at the age of 17, I made a regrettable decision that resulted in the death of Rom Peov. Although it was not my intent to cause a loss of life, nor could my 17 year old self comprehend the ramifications of my decisions, I however take full responsibility for my actions and will forever be remorseful and sorry. The reality is that there is no amount of apology or deeds that can atone for my actions.”