Children's Health Insurance - E-News from Rhode Island KIDS COUNT
May 17, 2013
May is National Mental Health Month

For the latest data on children's mental health from the 2013 Rhode Island Kids Count Factbookplease click here.  


The Mental Health Association of Rhode Island kicked off their annual awareness campaign on May 1 at the State House, attended by Governor Chafee, elected officials, and community leaders. For a complete listing of Mental Health Month events in Rhode Island, please click here. 

Additional mental health resources: 

New RI Community Health Website Launched
The Hospital Association of RI recently launched Rhode Island Health Care Matters, in collaboration with state hospitals and the RI Department of Health. The new site is a web-based source of population data and information about community health, and provides local news articles and information about community events.
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT was proud to participate in the development of this resource along with other nonprofits, community organizations, and state agency partners. To read local coverage of the launch, please click here.
Commerical Insurance Assistance Program Now Available for Consumers
The Rhode Island Resource, Education, and Assistance Consumer Helpline (RIREACH) is a free resource for all Rhode Islanders to better understand and access their commercial health insurance coverage. The RIREACH Helpline is available in English and Spanish, with interpreter services available in a variety of languages.

Please visit or call 1-855-747-3224 for more information.
Childhood Lead Poisoning Funding Testimony 
RI State House
On Wednesday, May 8, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT testified in support of House Bill 5810, which would provide general revenue support for Rhode Island's Healthy Homes and Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program. 

To read our testimony,
please click here. To learn more about the issue of childhood lead poisoning in Rhode Island, please see the indicator from the 2013 Factbook here.
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In This Issue
starMay is National Mental Health Month
starNew RI Community Health Website Launched
starCommercial Insurance Assistance Program Now Available for Consumers
starChildhood Lead Poisoning Funding Testimony.
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