Children's Health Insurance - E-News from Rhode Island KIDS COUNT
March 24, 2010
Health Reform Moves Forward
Kids Flying
In a major victory for children and families, health reform cleared its last big hurdle when the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass national health care reform. President Obama signed it into law on March 23, 2010.

The bill expands Medicaid coverage to all children, parents, and childless adults up to 133% FPL, maintains the CHIP program through at least 2015, simplifies enrollment, and bans insurance companies from denying children coverage based on pre-existing conditions. For more information, visit our Health Reform webpage, and read Elizabeth Burke Bryant's statement on the passage of this historic legislation.

Next, the U.S. Senate will debate and vote on the House's reconciliation package; it, too, will be sent to the President to be signed.
RI Gets an "A" in Addressing Children's Dental Health Needs
Boy and Girl Studying Factbook 2008
Rhode Island is a national leader in addressing children's oral health, and is one of 6 states to earn the grade of "A" in a new report from the Pew Center on the States. The report specifically highlights the success of Rhode Island's RIte Smiles program. Ratings were compiled for each state based on the availability of dental sealant programs, regulations allowing dental hygienists to place sealants, fluoridated water systems, access to dental care for children enrolled in Medicaid, reimbursement rates for dental providers in Medicaid, payment of medical providers for early preventive dental health care, and data tracking on children's dental health. Click here for the full report, or access a one-page factsheet featuring Rhode Island's "A" rating.
Register Today: 2010 Factbook Breakfast
Harriet Meyer
Registration is now open for the 2010 Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Factbook Breakfast.

Monday, April 12, 2010
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
(Registration at 7:30 a.m.)
The Westin Providence.

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In This Issue
star Health Reform Moves Forward
star RI Gets an "A" in Addressing Children's Dental Health Needs
star Register Today: 2010 Factbook Breakfast
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