by Reza Corinne Clifton
PROVIDENCE, RI – Are your clients or family members eligible for RIte Care, a Rhode Island health insurance program that provides eligible uninsured children, families, and pregnant women with comprehensive health care? Did you know that Neighborhood Health Plan of RI, United Healthcare of New England and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of RI all participate in RIte Care? Did you know there were changes to RIte Care in the 2010 RI General Assembly budget?
According to RI Kids Count Policy Analyst, Jill Beckwith, several changes appear in the state’s 2010 budget. For example, coverage will be returned to “lawfully-residing” immigrant children – after previous changes that excluded them.
But what are the other rules around eligibility? What does RI offer in the way of public health benefits? And where can you go for health services no matter what your income or citizenship status is?
These are the types of questions addressed two times a year, during the RIte Care workshops organized by RI Kids Count and The Poverty Institute, RI organizations that, respectively, advocate on behalf of children and “low- and moderate-income Rhode Islanders.” They have been held every spring and fall for the past few years, says Beckwith, who adds they’re designed for community agencies and advocates. The next one is happening at the Providence Marriot this Thursday, November 19 at 8:30 AM. RSVP/Registration is required.
Along with those from Kids Count and The Poverty Institute, Beckwith says representatives from different community health centers as well as Rhode Island Legal Services will be on-hand to present. She anticipates a “mixed group” of over 150 people, based on RSVP’s – primarily from “community agencies and advocates.” However, there is limited space; those interested in attending should contact her by Wednesday afternoon, November 18.
To register or get more details on the presentation, call RI KIDS COUNT at 401-351-9400. For more information on RIte Care and other Medicaid benefits and care for RI residents, visit http://www.dhs.ri.gov. To learn more about RI Kids Count and The Poverty Institute, visit http://www.rikidscount.org and http://www.povertyinstitute.org.
The Poverty Institute and Rhode Island KIDS COUNT present:
Access to Health Care for Children in Immigrant Families
A workshop on changes to RIte Care eligibility, getting children and families insured, and access to care for uninsured children and families.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
8:30 am – 11:00 am
The Providence Marriott
1 Orms Street
Providence, RI 02904
Registration required. Call 401-351-9400 to sign up.