Rhode Island General Assembly

Office of the House Minority Caucus


Representative Place’s Community Based Healthcare Act Seeks to Attract and Retain Healthcare Professionals in RI


State House, Providence – In an effort to help bolster timely access to medical professionals in Rhode Island, Representative David Place submitted the Community Based Healthcare Act (LC004849), with the goal of attracting federal funding and creating new programs designed to increase graduate medical education placements in our healthcare facilities.


“Leader Chippendale clearly stated in the Republican State of the State Address, ‘the RI Healthcare system is collapsing - we are hemorrhaging practitioners of every discipline from surgeons and specialists down to entry level support positions,’” said Representative Place. “A driving factor of this crisis is the availability of primary care providers. The Community Based Healthcare Investment Act is designed to reinvigorate a program used in the past to train and retain primary care providers, such as Medical Doctors and Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, serving our community healthcare centers. A major element we intend to fix from the old program, is in providing the healthcare centers with a greater voice in recruiting and training doctors for their residency programs, with the goal of increasing the likelihood of retaining those doctors in those centers.”