- Associated Press - Monday, November 28, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The federal government is awarding Rhode Island about $130 million over the next five years to bolster the state’s health care services and improve the way Medicaid care is delivered.

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo on Monday announced the funding agreement with the U.S. Centers on Medicare and Medicaid Services.

She says it builds on the state’s Medicaid reforms that saved the state $70 million this year.

The federal money will mostly go to providers. Some of it will also be used for a partnership with public universities to train health care workers.

The federal agency will have to renew the agreement in 2018.

State Secretary of Health and Human Services Elizabeth Roberts expresses optimism that the support won’t be reversed by Republican President-elect Donald Trump because it’s a bipartisan cause.

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