Children's Health Insurance - E-News from Rhode Island KIDS COUNT
July 1, 2011
Governor Chafee Signs FY12 Budget


RI State HouseGovernor Lincoln Chafee has signed a $7.7 billion state budget that includes the following changes in health coverage for children and families.

  • Raises the monthly premiums for families with RIte Care coverage to the full 5% of income allowed by law. Starting on October 1, 2011, families currently paying $61 would pay $91, those currently paying $77 would pay $113 and those currently paying $92 would pay $122.
  • Eliminates state subsidy for co-payments for office visits, prescriptions and premiums for families enrolled in RIte Share. Low-income working families enrolled in RIte Share have employer-sponsored coverage that is made more affordable with a state subsidy for their co-payments, which would be eliminated.
  • Concurs with the Governor's proposal to enhance the Children's Health Account by increasing the maximum "per child per service" assessment level from $6,000 to $7,500 while expanding the definition of the services that can be counted toward the spending limit.

The budget goes into effect on Friday, July 1, 2011.

RIte Care Workshop Materials Available
RIte Care
On May 25, 2011, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT and the Poverty Institute co-sponsored Health Coverage in Rhode Island: Moving Ahead. Topics for the workshop included Medicaid/RIte Care, the latest on health reform implementation in Rhode Island and state budget updates. See workshop materials, including presentations by Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts and Health Insurance Commissioner Chris Kohler.  
Oral Health Care: An Important Part of Prenatal Care
Pregnant Asian couple

A new publication by the Oral Health Program at the Rhode Island Department of Health describes the importance of oral health care for pregnant women.


Pregnant women who maintain good oral health during pregnancy can reduce common pregnancy complications, including gestational diabetes and pregnancy-induced hypertension. This improves both the woman's health and her baby's health. Only half of Rhode Island women seek dental care during their pregnancy. This report recommends that prenatal health care providers refer pregnant women for oral health care.

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