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Senator Joshua Miller

 

Democratic Caucus Policy Chair

 

Chairman, Senate Committee on Health & Human Services

Member, Senate Committee on Labor

 

Senator Joshua Miller has represented District 28, which includes portions of Cranston and Providence, in the Rhode Island Senate since 2007. He has served as Chairman of the Committee on Health and Human Services since 2013. He is also a member of the Senate Committee on Labor, and Chairman of the Senate’s Democratic Policy Caucus. 

Senator Miller has been particularly active in health care reform efforts, as well as environmental initiatives. 

Senator Miller has been involved in legislative efforts to make health insurance more affordable to ratepayers and employers, and sponsored a bill that successfully eliminated health status as a factor in insurance rates. He sponsored the far reaching legislation to control health care costs, increase transparency, and improve quality, including provisions to establish standards and incentives for transitioning from traditional fee-for-service payments to alternative models.

Senator Miller was a driving force behind enactment of legislation providing parity in coverage of mental health and substance use disorders. He championed a package of legislation addressing the mental health system, aimed at improving preventative services and treatment, as well as a package of legislation addressing the opioid overdose crisis. 

He was a member of the Governor’s Overdose Commission and the Governor’s Reinventing Medicaid Task Force. He has also served as Chairman of the Special Commission to Study Health Plan Patient Liability Provisions on Access to Healthcare and Provider Financial Condition, and the Special Senate Commission to Study the Challenges Facing Commercial Development and the Redevelopment of Historic Buildings in Rhode Island. He previously served as Chairman of the Joint Legislative Commission to Study the Integration of Primary Care and Behavioral Health and the Special Legislative Commission to Study Building Structured Parking at the Garrahy Judicial Complex.

Senator Miller chaired commissions reviewing the prospect of legalizing marijuana for recreational use. He sponsored the law, enacted in 2011, decriminalizing possession of small quantities of marijuana, and has since sponsored bills to legalize and regulate marijuana in the state.

Senator Miller has been honored by Rhode Island Communities for Addiction Recovery Efforts (RI CARES) for his frequent advocacy for treatment for those struggling with addiction, as well as the Mental Health Association of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

He has sponsored legislation to enact the provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act on the state level to ensure the protection of Rhode Islanders health care. He has proposed using Medicaid funds to provide housing services to the chronically homeless.

Senator Miller sponsored legislation to ban the possession, sale or transfer of assault weapons except those grandfathered in and properly registered.

Owner and operator of several Providence restaurants, he is past president of the Providence Downtown Merchants Association. He has served on the boards of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, the Providence/Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Rhode Island Hospitality and Tourism Association.

He previously served as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Corporations.

Senator Miller was elected Senator on November 7, 2006 and can be reached at (401) 276-5582.

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