Children's Health Insurance - E-News from Rhode Island KIDS COUNT
December 17, 2013
RIte Care Alert: Latest Update on Parent Health Coverage
The RIte Care eligibility limit for parents is scheduled be "rolled back" from 175% FPL ($34,177 for a family of 3) to 138% FPL ($26,951) on December 31, 2013.

To ensure continuity of coverage, the state has opted to auto-enroll affected parents in the Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island Value Plan through HealthSource RI, with coverage starting on January 1, 2014. The state also will pay the parent's entire premium amount for the month of January. Parents will have to pay their share of their premium going forward (i.e., pay their February premium amount in January). Parents also have the opportunity to choose a different plan through HealthSource RI. 

For more information on what parents need to know and what parents need to do now, please click here.

Note re: children with RIte Care: Children enrolled in RIte Care will keep their coverage (there is no income eligibility change for children). And beginning January 2014, families will no longer need to pay a monthly premium for their children covered by RIte Care.
New Policy Brief: Pediatric Dental Coverage Under the ACA
The federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) marks a significant opportunity to expand children's access to dental care nationwide. An estimated 18,800 additional Rhode Island children are expected to gain commercial pediatric dental benefits by 2018 as a result of the ACA.

To learn more about these new pediatric dental benefits, please read our new Policy Brief and related Summary Presentation developed by the RI Health Coverage Project. To enroll or learn more about pediatric dental coverage options now available, please visit HealthSource RI.
TeethFirst! Launches Social Media 
To better connect with the community, TeethFirst!, a state-wide campaign promoting the importance of early dental visits for all of Rhode Island's young children, recently launched social media.

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New content will be posted regularly, so be sure to follow and like us!

As a reminder, TeethFirst! has free materials for you to share with your staff, patients, and clients. To view the color bilingual brochure and poster, as well as the Order Form, please click here. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact TeethFirst! at [email protected] or (401) 351-9400. 

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In This Issue
starRIte Care Alert: Changes to Parent Health Coverage
starNew Policy Brief: Pediatric Dental Coverage Under the ACA
starTeethFirst! Launches Social Media
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