- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 28, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Providing health insurance and medical services to Rhode Island’s poor is costing more than expected when lawmakers adopted the state budget four months ago.

The Providence Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1wDocJd ) that the Executive Office of Health and Human Services said Monday that if the trends continue, services will exceed their budgeted amounts by $33.6 million.

Higher-than-expected costs for Sovaldi, a new drug used to treat hepatitis C is among the reasons for the higher costs. In addition, higher fees are in store for enrollees in RIte Care, the state’s health plan for poor families and nursing-home costs are rising.

The state Budget Office and House and Senate fiscal offices will develop cost and caseload projections.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com

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