Children's Health Insurance - E-News from Rhode Island KIDS COUNT
October 1, 2014
New Data Released on Children's Health Insurance Coverage and Poverty
According to the latest data released from the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2013: 
  • 94.6% of Rhode Island children had health insurance coverage 
  • 5.4% of Rhode Island children were uninsured
    • Nationally, 7.1% of all children were uninsured
  • More than one in five (21.5%) Rhode Island children lived in poverty
    • Nationally, 22.2% of all children lived in poverty

Rhode Island ranks 16th best in the nation for children's health insurance coverage, and 27th for children in poverty. Please see our press release for more information.

New RIte Care Renewals Information and Resources 

From now until the end of this year, 42,000 families - including around 80,000 children - need to renew their 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.


To help spread the word about this new RIte Care renewal process, the Rhode Island Health Coverage Project has created and collected materials and resources for community partners:

  • Recorded Webinar: Listen to a webinar to learn about how families renew, renewal deadlines, early renewals, and how you can help families renew. 
  • Bilingual Flyers: Help encourage families to renew by asking all clients: "Did you have Neighborhood or United in 2013"? If yes, ask if they renewed their coverage. If not, share our bilingual Renew Now flyer (English & Spanish) that tells them how to renew or re-enroll. To order free color copies, please use our order form
  • Navigator Contact List: Keep this Navigator Directory to help clients find an expert in their neighborhood that can help them enroll. 
  • Login Reminder Form: As you help clients renew or enroll in coverage, give them this Login Reminder Form to help them remember their login information in the future.
  • Bilingual Social Media Content: Join the conversation on social media by posting the following bilingual infographics with the #KeepKidsCovered hashtag:




The Rhode Island Health Coverage Project is a joint initiative of the Economic Progress Institute and Rhode Island KIDS COUNT.

TeethFirst! Celebrates One Year: A Look Back
The TeethFirst! initiative, which promotes the importance of early dental visits throughout Rhode Island, is celebrating its one year anniversary. Highlights of the past year include the creation of a Facebook and Twitter page, the bilingual Tooth Talk blog, new website content and printable resources, as well as many more! 

TeethFirst! thanks all of our community partners who are putting Rhode Island's children on the path to healthy smiles for a lifetime. We look forward to working with you in the years to come!
Save the Date: Celebration of Children's Health Luncheon
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT's annual Celebration of Children's Health Luncheon will be held on Monday, November 24, 2014 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm. A formal invitation will follow, but please note the date and time in your calendar.

For more information, please contact Katherine Chu, Communications Coordinator, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT.
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In This Issue
starNew Data Released on Children's Health Insurance Coverage and Poverty
starNew RIte Care Renewals Information and Resources.
starTeethFirst! Celebrates One Year
starSave the Date: Celebration of Children's Health Luncheon
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