Healthcare Advocacy

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We advocate for Rhode Islanders in a variety of ways to ensure quality, accessible and affordable healthcare. These efforts may include:

  • Intervening in or requesting initiation of administrative action related to health care and health insurance
  • Investigating complaints to assure the delivery of quality health care
  • Educating and/or training members of the public
  • Engaging in legislative advocacy
  • Initiating formal legal actions concerning health care
  • Advocating for changes to support quality and affordable health care.

Many patients, family members and providers turn to the Office of Health Care Advocate for assistance.

Our Health Care Advocate is appointed to or attends several health care-related boards and committees, and reviews proposed regulations and legislation. We also help consumers with various issues, including access to medical records, privacy questions and assistance with navigating the various agencies governing health care complaints.