Children's Health Insurance - E-News from Rhode Island KIDS COUNT
August 7, 2014
Alert: Help Families Renew RIte Care Coverage
From June - December 2014, 42,000 families will be required to renew RIte Care coverage. These are families whose last RIte Care renewal occurred in 2013. They need to renew through a new system and provide all information as if this were a new application. 

All families should start the renewal process as soon as they receive a renewal notice from the state to avoid a gap in coverage. Help spread the word about how families can renew by sharing this bilingual flyer (English & Spanish). 

Please note families will be able to re-enroll in RIte Care if they miss their renewal deadline and that families with renewals due by July 31 were extended until August 12. 

For more information on this renewal process, please click here.
Help Spread the Word: Free Health Insurance for Former Foster Youth
Under the ACA, youth who were enrolled in Medicaid and aged out of foster care on or after their 18th birthday are eligible for free Medicaid health insurance until age 26, regardless of their income. In Rhode Island, an estimated 900 youth ages 21 to 25 are newly eligible for this free coverage in 2014. 
 
To help promote this new coverage, the Rhode Island Health Coverage Project has created two new resources. 
Please help spread the word by reviewing, sharing, and forwarding these resources! Email rikids@rikidscount.org for free color copies.
Health in the RI State Budget and Legislation
RI State House
Last month, the 2014 Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Legislative Wrap-Up was released. Below find a quick summary of how key child health programs and policies fared in the 2014 session:
  • The FY 2015 budget projects savings of $29.5 million (all funds) due to accelerated renewals for 42,000 families with RIte Care coverage. Renewals must be completed between July and December 2014, instead of in 2015. 
  • The FY 2015 budget increases the real estate conveyance tax from $2.00 to $2.30 per $500 and allocates $2.8 million in annual new revenue to the Housing Resources Commission (HRC) for lead hazard abatement, affordable housing, and homelessness prevention. 
  • The General Assembly did not approve the Governor's proposed $250 monthly cost-sharing fee for families with children with special health care needs who receive Medical Assistance through the Katie Beckett program. 
  • Legislation passed that classifies electronic cigarettes as an electronic nicotine delivery system rather than a tobacco product, prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, and includes law enforcement provisions such as licensing, compliance checks, and penalties.
For the full 2014 Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Legislative Wrap-Up, please click here.
Visit us at www.rikidscount.org
In This Issue
 
starAlert: Help Families Renew RIte Care Coverage
starHelp Spread the Word: Free Health Insurance for Former Foster Youth
starHealth in the RI State Budget and Legislation
 
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