Children's Health Insurance - E-News from Rhode Island KIDS COUNT
February 17, 2010
Budget Analysis
from Rhode Island KIDS COUNT
RI State House
The General Assembly is now considering Governor Carcieri's FY2011 Budget Request. Two of the budget articles have provisions that could affect health coverage for children, parents and pregnant women covered by RIte Care. 
Article 20
relates to the re-procurement of RIte Care contracts. Some areas that might be affected include a "generics-first" pharmacy benefit for children with special health care needs, dental benefits for parents, as well as moving some "out-of-plan" services "in-plan."

Article 31 would reinstate RIte Care premiums for low-income families between 133-150% of federal poverty level.  If approved, families in this income category would begin to owe $45 monthly premiums beginning July 1, 2011.  

Read more information and analysis from Rhode Island KIDS COUNT in the budget snapshot Governor's FY2011 Budget Request: Implications for Health Insurance Coverage for Rhode Island Children and Families.

Articles 20 and 31 will be heard at a House Finance Committee Hearing scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 25, 2010.

Maternal and Child Health 2010 Community Input Meeting
The Rhode Island Department of Health and Rhode Island KIDS COUNT are hosting a Title V Maternal and Child Health 2010 Community Input Meeting on March 2, 2010. Title V is a critical funding source for state-directed federal funds to support maternal and child health. Join us as we review key indicators of child and maternal health, suggest priorities for maternal and child health initiatives, and inform a better system of care for maternal and child health. Click here to view the event invitation and RSVP.
Connecting Kids to Coverage
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CHIPRA One Year Later: Connecting Kids to Coverage is a new report released by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on the one year anniversary of the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA). Since CHIPRA was signed in February 2009, many states, including Rhode Island, have chosen to use CHIPRA to expand eligibility. Nationwide, nearly 2.6 million more children have gained health insurance coverage because of CHIPRA.  Secretary Sebelius also announced new enrollment strategies linking food assistance programs (such as SNAP/WIC) and health care programs in order to identify eligible yet unenrolled children.
Save the Dates!
Please add the following child health related events to your 2010 calendar. Invitations to follow.
  • April 12, 2010
    2010 Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook Breakfast -
    New Location at Westin Providence

  • May 13, 2010
    RIte Care Workshop
  • November 15, 2010
    Celebration of Children's Health Luncheon
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star Budget Analysis from Rhode Island KIDS COUNT
star Maternal and Child Health 2010 Community Input Meeting
star Connecting Kids to Coverage
star Save the Dates!
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