Medicare-For-All Bills to Be Heard


STATE HOUSE – The Senate Health and Human Services Committee has scheduled a virtual hearing Thursday on several bills concerning a Medicare, Medicaid and creation of a single-payer health care system.

The committee is scheduled to meet Thursday, March 4, at 4 p.m. via WebEx. The State House remains closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting will be streamed live online through Capitol TV at

Among the bills on the committee’s agenda are:

·         2021-S 0231 — This bill sponsored by Sen. Gayle L. Goldin (D-Dist. 3, Providence) would allow pregnant women with an annual family income above the applicable Medicaid income limit to be eligible to purchase health insurance through one of the Medicaid managed care plans.

·         2021-S 0233 — Sponsored by Sen. Samuel Bell, this bill would establish a universal, comprehensive, affordable single-payer health care insurance program known as the Rhode Island Comprehensive Health Insurance Program.

·         2021-S 0230 — This bill sponsored by Sen. Cynthia M. Mendes (D-Dist. 18, East Providence, Pawtucket) would create a special legislative commission to study the implementation of a Medicare-for-all single payer program in Rhode Island.

Written testimony is encouraged and can be submitted by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Written testimony must be submitted by 2 p.m. Thursday in order for it to be provided to the members of the committee at the hearing and to be included in the meeting records. Members of the public can request to provide verbal testimony to the committee at this  link: Requests to provide verbal testimony must be submitted by Wednesday at 4 p.m.


The case against former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin is far from over. Federal prosecutors are considering bringing civil rights charges against him in the murder of George Floyd. That means if tried and convicted, he could serve even more time in prison.        Vice President Kamala Harris says a measure of justice isn't the same as equal justice. She admits yesterday's guilty verdicts of former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin bring the nation a step closer. She vows to continue urging the Senate to pass the George Floyd bill.       Experts say the nation is just weeks away from facing a new COVID problem - falling demand for a vaccine. Some appointments aren't even getting filled. Nearly 30-percent of people are fully vaccinated but it needs to reach 70 to 85 percent for herd immunity.       Arizona is declaring a state of emergency in six counties over the recent surge of illegal immigrants at the border. The governor plans to send up to 250 National Guard troops there in the next few days. They'll help install cameras and analyze satellite imagery.       Rocker Ted Nugent says he's never been so sick in his life as he battles coronavirus. He shared his diagnosis on Facebook Live, after referring to COVID as a "hoax" on several occasions. The 72-year-old admits he's been dealing with flu symptoms for days.       Apple says it now has the most powerful tablet on the market. The tech giant unveiled a new iPad Pro yesterday that uses the same chip in desktop computers. Some models will include 5-G support, with a price tag between about 800 and eleven-hundred dollars.