Children's Health Insurance - E-News from Rhode Island KIDS COUNT
December 8, 2015
15th Annual Celebration of Children's Health Luncheon

On November 16, more than 175 community leaders, elected officials, and health care advocates gathered for the fifteenth annual Celebration of Children's Health Luncheon to reflect on the progress that Rhode Island has made in achieving positive health outcomes for children. This event also celebrated the progress that has been made in covering children in Rhode Island (nearly 97% of Rhode Island children are now covered), as well as the strength and quality of RIte Care, Rhode Island's health insurance program for children and families with low and moderate incomes.

Open Enrollment: Get Covered and Stay Covered!

Families in need of insurance have until January 31 to apply for commercial coverage through HealthSource RI for 2016. Those who already have commercial insurance through HealthSource RI this year should review their 2016 assigned plan carefully and decide whether they want to stay in this plan or choose a different plan. Families are encouraged to pay for their plan by December 23 to ensure they have coverage beginning on January 1.


For more information on how to apply, please check out the Rhode Island Health Coverage Project's bilingual 'Get Covered Stay Covered' flyer. For a list of in-person enrollment events being held throughout the state, please click here. Please forward and share these resources widely! 


Note re: RIte Care/Medicaid:

If you are eligible for Medicaid, you can enroll at any time. Renewal is on a rolling basis (not just during this Open Enrollment period). Please watch your mail for renewal information, which will be sent 2 months before your renewal date. 


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

TeethFirst! - New Blog Postings & Resources

The TeethFirst! initiative continues to spread the word about the importance of early dental visits throughout Rhode Island. Please review and share the following new bilingual Tooth Talk Blog postings: 

In addition, updated reimbursement information for dental providers treating very young children is now available. 


Other free resources for parents & families, health care providers, and community organizations are also available. For complete listing of all campaign materials and order forms, please click here.

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