Children's Health Insurance - E-News from Rhode Island KIDS COUNT
July 30, 2015
RIte Care Ranks #1 in the Nation!
In May 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) named RIte Care the 
top performing health insurance program in the nation for delivering high-quality health care to children enrolled in Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). For more information, please read the full CMS reportProvidence Journal article, and Providence Journal editorial.  

You can also watch the June 2015 Rhode Island KIDS COUNT TV Show featuring Dr. Patricia Flanagan of Hasbro Children's Hospital and Dr. Elizabeth Lange of Waterman Pediatrics as they discuss RIte Care and Patient Centered Medical Homes for children. 
Reinventing Medicaid Working Group Final Report

On July 8, Governor Raimondo's Executive Order establishing a Working Group to Reinvent Medicaid was fulfilled with a final convening of the Working Group and a presentation of its final report outlining recommendations for a multi-year transformation of the Medicaid program and all state publicly financed healthcare in Rhode Island. 

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT was pleased to serve on the Working Group. Among the important goals contained in the final report, Goal 3 states that as Rhode Island makes significant changes in the structure of Medicaid, we should build on the strong success of the RIte Care program and ensure that this strength is not eroded. RIte Care was recently ranked #1 in the country by CMS for quality care for children.

50th Anniversary of Medicaid

Fifty years ago this week, Medicaid was signed into law. Join us in celebrating the great impact this program has had in delivering high-quality, comprehensive health insurance to children, families, individuals with disabilities, and adults. Learn more about the long-term benefits Medicaid has on children by reading a new national report from Georgetown University Center for Children and Families.

2015 Legislative Wrap-Up
Now Available
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT recently released the 2015 Legislative Wrap-Up, which reports on selected laws and budget appropriations affecting children. 

Highlights of victories for Rhode Island children and families relating to health include:
  • Preserves current RIte Care eligibility and benefits.
  • Maintains HealthSource RI as a state-based exchange, ensuring streamlined access to affordable health insurance options, including RIte Care.
  • Increases access to oral health care for children by allowing dental hygienists to perform approved services in public health settings.
Save the Date! Health Coverage Workshop
The Rhode Island Health Coverage Project is hosting a workshop for community partners about health insurance coverage options, enrollment, and the renewal process. The event, Preparing for 2016: Renewals, Open Enrollment, and Consumer Assistance, will take place on Tuesday, September 22, 2015, from 8:30 am to 11:30 am.
Please save the date and be on the lookout for an upcoming email with more details and registration information!

The Rhode Island Health Coverage Project is a joint initiative of the Economic Progress Institute and Rhode Island KIDS COUNT.
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 16, 2015 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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Rhode Island KIDS COUNT works to improve the health, education, safety, economic security and development of Rhode Island's children.