Human services

Unemployment Trust Fund Solvency Threatened, Rate Hikes Likely; TDI Stable but Rates Hikes Likely

PROVIDENCE, RI – A new Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council report released today finds that, because of the economic crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, Rhode Island’s unemployment insurance (UI) trust fund is projected to be insolvent by the end of September. As a result, employers are likely to pay significantly more in federal and state …

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RIPEC Releases Economy Volume in Rhode Island in Context Series

PROVIDENCE R.I. (October 2019): Today, the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council released the third of three volumes that comprise “Rhode Island in Context: Regional and Historic Trends,” 2019 Edition. The full volume is available here.  “Rhode Island in Context” provides summaries and analyses of the most current national, regional, and state data that measure the Ocean …

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RIPEC Releases Population Volume in Rhode Island in Context Series

PROVIDENCE R.I. (October 2019): Today, the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council released the second of three volumes that comprise “Rhode Island in Context: Regional and Historic Trends,” 2019 Edition. “Rhode Island in Context” provides summaries and analyses of the most current national, regional, and state data that measure the Ocean State’s population trends, economy, and …

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RIPEC Policy Brief: Adopting a State-Based Individual Shared Responsibility Payment

Today, RIPEC released a Policy Brief that considers whether adopting a state-based individual shared responsibility payment (SRP, or individual health insurance mandate penalty) is a sensible policy choice for Rhode Island.  Based on a review of the theoretical arguments and empirical literature, RIPEC believes that adopting a state-based individual SRP, and dedicating those revenues to …

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RIPEC Policy Brief: How Rhode Island Unemployment Insurance Benefits Compare

Today, RIPEC released a Policy Brief that provides an analysis of how Rhode Island’s Unemployment Insurance benefits compare to other states nationally and within New England.  The intent of this policy brief is to provide background information and context when considering legislation introduced during the 2019 Legislative Session that would increase the maximum weekly unemployment …

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Analysis of Rhode Island’s TDI and TCI Program

PROVIDENCE – On Saturday, June 6, the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council (RIPEC) released an analysis of Rhode Island’s Temporary Disability Insurance (TDI) and Temporary Caregiver Insurance (TCI) program. The TDI program is a publicly-administered disability insurance program that provides partial wage replacement to individuals that temporarily cannot work as a result of a non-work-related …

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How Rhode Island Expenditures Compare – 2014 Edition

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (February 2015) – RIPEC today released its annual report titled How Rhode Island Expenditures Compare, which provides details on state and local government expenditures in FY 2002 and FY 2012, the latest year for which national data is available. This year’s report also includes an analysis of the changes between FY 2011 and …

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2014 RIPEC Forum – Bending the Healthcare Cost Curve

The Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council (RIPEC) co-hosted an event with Rhode Island’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services on November 24, 2014. The panelists presentations are linked below: David Blumenthal (link)PresidentThe Commonwealth Fund Chas Roades (link)Chief Research OfficerThe Advisory Board Company Ronald Smith (link)Legislative DirectorAmerican Public Human Services Association Peter Andruszkiewicz (link)President & …

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HealthSource Rhode Island: Status Updates and Upcoming Policy Decisions

PROVIDENCE – On Monday, October 20, the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council (RIPEC) released “HealthSource RI: Status Updates and Upcoming Policy Choices.” The report is intended to provide stakeholders with background information on Rhode Island’s health insurance exchange, HealthSource Rhode Island (HSRI), and outline forthcoming policy decisions.

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