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Landmark Medical Center gets a shot in the arm

June 10, 2013

WOONSOCKET – As Landmark Medical Center marks five years in receivership this month, a federal agency has stepped in to shore up the struggling hospital’s pension system before it runs out of money to pay beneficiaries.
The Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation will continue paying benefits to retirees and make good on promises to active employees who will be due benefits when they retire – a group of about 750 individuals in all, said Marc Hopkins, a spokesman for the PBGC.

Bill: Absences jeopardize welfare payments

June 10, 2013

PROVIDENCE – If a child misses 20 percent or more of a school year due to unexcused absences, his or her family could lose its cash and medical assistance under the Rhode Island Works welfare program, if a bill sponsored by Woonsocket Rep. Stephen Casey becomes law.
The bill would require a parent applying for welfare benefits to sign an affidavit stating that his or her child is enrolled in and attending school and has an attendance rate of not less than 80 percent for the current school year, not including illness, or injury-related absences.

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