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9/27/2017 Rep. Hull and Sen. Picard bill that lets Fogarty Center self-insure health care costs passes General Assembly
STATE HOUSE – Rep. Raymond A. Hull (D-Dist. 6, Providence, North Providence) and Sen. Roger A. Picard’s (D-Dist. 20, Woonsocket, Cumberland) legislation (2017-H 5529A / 2017-S 0153) that allows developmental disability agencies, such as the Fogarty Center, to self-insure health care costs for employees, retirees, and other beneficiaries, passed the General Assembly last week.

“The Fogarty Center has selflessly helped Rhode Islanders for decades and this bill will help its dedicated workers, and retirees, remain healthy to continue their mission of assisting Rhode Islanders with a wide-range of developmental disabilities,” said Representative Hull.

“The employees and retirees of the Fogarty Center deserve to have the same top-notch health care that they have given to their patients for many years.  This bill will allow the Fogarty Center, and other developmental disability agencies, to provide high-quality and cost-effective health care to their devoted employees,” said Senator Picard.

The legislation authorizes two or more developmental disability agencies to create a separate corporation for the purpose of issuing health care insurance to employees, retirees, and their dependents.  The corporation would then be tasked with developing and administering a sufficiently capitalized self-insured group risk management program.

Established in 1952, the Fogarty Center is a private, non-profit agency that provides a variety of services and supports to children and adults with intellectual, developmental and/or other disabilities.  Providing residential opportunities, self-directed support, day services and children’s services, the Fogarty Center is one of the original provider agencies in Rhode Island.

The legislation now heads to the governor’s desk.

For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903