Children's Health Insurance - E-News from Rhode Island KIDS COUNT
December 1, 2009
RIte Care Quality and Access Recognized Nationally 
Kids Celebrate
Rhode Island recently received impressive national rankings for providing dental access for children enrolled in Medicaid (including RIte Care), RIte Care member satisfaction and RIte Care's success in preventing and treating illness among members.              
 

Dental Care Access is 6th Best in Nation
The percentage of Rhode Island children under age 21 enrolled in Medicaid who received dental services in the past year ranks 6th best in the nation, according to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This success is largely attributed to RIte Smiles, a program for young children that started in 2006. Since its inception, RIte Smiles has increased the number of participating dentists from 27 to approximately 175 dentists across 269 locations. View the press release from the Rhode Island Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

RIte Care Health Plans Among Top in Nation
Rhode Island received more good news when the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) released their annual ranking of top Medicaid programs in US News and World Report. All three of Rhode Island's RIte Care health plans ranked among the top 12 programs across the country for member satisfaction and success in preventing and treating illness. Rhode Island's RIte Care plans ranked as follows: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island (#5), Neighborhood Health Plan of RI (#7), and United Health Care of RI (#11). For more information on the rankings, click here.
RIte Care Workshop: Materials Available Online
RIte Care Workshop
On Thursday, November 19th, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT and The Poverty Institute co-sponsored the latest in a series of RIte Care workshops for direct service providers, Access to Health Care for Children in Immigrant Families in Rhode Island.
 
You can now access all of the materials from the workshop in PDF form, including the powerpoint presentation, by clicking here.
Opinion Poll Shows Support for Making Health Care Affordable for Families
A recent survey of American voters conducted by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families (CCF) and Lake Research Partners indicates that the majority of Americans are more concerned about making health coverage more affordable for families than keeping down the federal cost of health reform. A summary of the findings and survey questions are available at the CCF website.
Register Now for RIte Care Works Annual Meeting
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The RIte Care Works Coalition will hold their second annual meeting on Tuesday, December 8th from 9:00 - 11:30 at Casey Family Services, 1268 Eddy Street, Providence. Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to contribute to the Casey Family Services Food Drive.
 
Join the 44 member organizations of RIte Care Works to celebrate victories in 2009 and plan for the 2010 legislative session, discuss the current state of RIte Care and children's health insurance, and consider what the Global Waiver and national health care reform may mean for Rhode Island.
 
RSVP by emailing action@ritecareworks.org or calling (401) 459-6676.
Visit us at www.rikidscount.org
In This Issue
 
star RIte Care Quality and Access Recognized Nationally
star RIte Care Workshop: Materials Available Online
star Opinion Poll Shows Support for Making Health Care Affordable for Families
star Register Now for RIte Care Works Annual Meeting December 8
 
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