Affordable Health Care

Highlights from Governor Raimondo's FY16 Budget
March 24, 2015 - Five highlights from Governor Raimondo's Fiscal Year 16 budget.

A Summary of the Medicaid Proposals in Governor Raimondo's FY16 Budget
March 23, 2015 - A brief summary of the changes being proposed to Rhode Island's Medicaid program through Governor Raimondo's Fiscal Year 2016 budget.

Policy Outcomes 2014
July 16, 2014 - This brief summary highlights several policy changes made in 2014 that will have an impact on the fiscal health of Rhode Island and its residents.

Testimony in Support of S2533, The Rhode Island Health Care Authority Act
April 14, 2014 - This legislation establishes a Health Care Commissioner and a Health Care Authority whose responsibility is to evaluate specific mechanisms to make our system more efficient and more affordable, and report back to the General Assembly next year.

The Economic Progress Institute: Comments on Proposed Medicaid Rules
December 03, 2013 -

Read comments submitted to the Executive Office of Health & Human Services on a number of proposed changes to the Medicaid program required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Countdown to Coverage 2014: Rhode Island's Options for Affordable Health Coverage
September 26, 2013 - The Rhode Island Health Coverage Project's latest fact sheet explainshow Rhode Islanders will benefit from new health coverage optionsbeginning January 1, 2014 as well as information about Medicaid,HealthSource RI, tax credits, enrollment information and more.

Comments on Rhode Island 1115 Waiver Extension Request
August 19, 2013 - Read comments submitted to the Office of Health and Human Services regarding the state's request for an extension of its 1115 Medicaid waiver.

6,500 Parents will Lose RIte Care on January 1, 2014 Under House Finance Committee Budget Proposal
June 21, 2013 -  Read our fact sheet about how 6,500 parents will lose RIte Care on January 1, 2014 under House Finance Committee Budget Proposal 

Comments on the request to extend Rhode Island's Medicaid Waiver
March 05, 2013 - The Institute has written extensive comments on the proposed extension of the state's Medicaid waiver.

Testimony supporting the Medicaid expansion
February 15, 2013 - The Institute offered testimony in support of the Medicaid  expansion to low-income adults who do not have children to ensure they have access to health care.

Response to Governor Chafee's Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2014
January 26, 2013 - Learn what is and is not included in the Governor's proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2014 with respect to workforce development, tax policy, health care, and programs for low and modest-income Rhode Islanders.

Health Reform in Rhode Island: Countdown to Coverage
December 19, 2012 - View a presentation from recent forums that describes how the Affordable Care Act is helping Rhode Islanders and the changes that will go into effect in January 2014 .

Essential Health Benefits: Rhode Island's Choice Under the Affordable Care Act
December 19, 2012 - Read about the Essential Health Benefits (EHBs) that Rhode Island chose to include in its "benchmark" plan required under the Affordable Care Act.

Defining the Essential Health Benefits
July 24, 2012 - This fact sheet provides information about the Essential Health Benefits package under the ACA and how advocates can give input to the state as it decides on Rhode Island's EHBs.

Statement applauding the Supreme Court's Decision on the ACA
June 28, 2012 -

“Today’s decision upholding the Affordable Care Act ensures that our state will have the tools and resources to expand health insurance coverage to more people, promote primary care and develop a workforce to meet changing health care needs, " said Linda Katz, Policy Director at The Economic Progress Institute speaking on behalf of the Health Coverage Project, a joint initiative with Rhode Island KIDS COUNT.

Consumer Support System and the Health Insurance Exchange
May 31, 2012 - This fact sheet provides an overview of the consumer support system and how the "Navigator" program will provide one-on-one assistance to consumers.

Countdown to Coverage Presentation
May 31, 2012 - This presentation provides basic information about the Affordable Care Act, assistance available to consumers, and how people can access health care and coverage now.

What are the Pathways to Health Insurance Coverage in 2014?
May 07, 2012 - The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is designed to improve health care by reducing the number of uninsured Americans. Beginning in 2014, most Rhode Islanders will have health insurance coverage through one of the following ways: 1) Coverage through their employer 2) through the Exchange 3) through Medicaid or 4) through the Basic Health Program.  This brief is also available in Spanish and Portuguese.

The Basic Health Program: Providing Affordable Coverage for Rhode Islanders
February 10, 2012 - A key goal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is to allow more Americans to have health coverage by providing affordable health insurance. Under the new law, Rhode Islanders will be covered through several ways, including the Basic Health Program. This issue brief will explain the Basic Health Program, and how this option will help Rhode Island families.

Who is the Affordable Care Act Helping in Rhode Island?
February 07, 2012 - Health care reform legislation, called the Affordable Care Act (ACA), was passed by Congress in 2010. Many Rhode Islanders and Americans are already benefiting from parts of the law that have already gone into effect. Who is the Affordable Care Act helping in Rhode Island? Read the issue brief to find out.