Children's Health Insurance - E-News from Rhode Island KIDS COUNT
December 10, 2008
RIte Care Health Plans Rank in Top 10 
For the fourth year in a row, Rhode Island's health plans have ranked among the top ten Medicaid plans in America  
for providing quality health care to children and families according to new U.S. News & World Report / NCQA "America's Best Health Plans" rankings: Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island (#4), Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island (#8), and United Healthcare of New England (#10). The rankings were determined based on data drawn from 186 Medicaid plans, including information related to health outcomes, access to care and member satisfaction. 
Celebrating Children's Health
Incoming President Sen Teresa Pavia Weed and Margo Pires
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT hosted the eighth annual Celebration of Children's Health luncheon in a packed venue at the Providence Marriot, celebrating positive child health outcomes the state has achieved. In accepting his Covering Kids and Families award, U.S. Senator Jack Reed, a strong champion of SCHIP and children's health insurance coverage, talked about the need for federal reauthorization of SCHIP in 2009. Awards were also presented to several state elected officials and community members in recognition of their ongoing commitment to children's health insurance coverage and children's health. For more information on the luncheon, view pictures from the event.
Advocating for Children's Health Insurance in Tough Economic Times
Georgetown University's Center for Children and Families has just released a report with recommendations on how to ensure that families have access to health coverage. View Keeping the Promise to Children and Families in Tough Economic Times to learn what immediate steps are under consideration from the federal government. Also available is the report Executive Summary

Rhode Island children and families are feeling the pressures of the economic downturn in many ways. Two-thirds of Rhode Island's children have health insurance through a parent's employer-sponsored health plan, but as unemployment and job insecurity rise, many families may be at risk of losing health insurance. View the newly released Executive Summary of Almost There for more information on children's health coverage options in Rhode Island, including RIte Care and employer-sponsored insurance.   

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star RIte Care Health Plans Rank in Top 10
star Celebrating Children's Health
star Advocating for Children's Health Insurance in Tough Economic Times
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