More Rhode Islanders Have Health Insurance in 2015

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New Census data show that the percentage of uninsured Rhode Islanders was 5.7 percent in 2015, half the rate it was in 2013, the year before the Affordable Care Act (ACA) went into effect.  In 2014, 7.4% were uninsured. Two new avenues for affordable health insurance made available through the ACA have helped significant numbers of Rhode Islanders gain coverage.  …

Medicaid at 50: Serving Rhode Islanders by keeping them healthy and insured.

A new fact-sheet from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities highlights the Medicaid program in the Ocean State. Currently, 1 in 4 Rhode Islanders are currently covered by Medicaid. Additionally, the Center highlights the efficiency of the program—as private insurance costs have soared, Medicaid costs and spending have grown much more slowly.

2015 Legislative Outcomes

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 July 07, 2015 This year the Institute informed and influenced the debate on a host of policy issues related to tax policy, child care, and health care. Here is a summary of several policy changes that will have an impact on the fiscal health of Rhode Island and its residents.  Click here to download the document. Earned Income Tax Credit …

Affordable Health Insurance Options for Uninsured Rhode Islanders

The type of health insurance available to you and your family depends on your income. Adults with income below 138% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) may be eligible for RIte Care/Medicaid. The RIte Care/Medicaid income limits for children and pregnant women are higher. Individuals and families with income above the RIte Care/Medicaid limits can buy coverage through Health Source …

Highlights from Governor Raimondo’s FY16 Budget

Governor Raimondo released her first budget last week. We have highlighted five areas that are important to the fiscal health of the state and its residents. Making work pay The Governor proposes to expand the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit which would allow working families to keep more of their paycheck. And while not a budget item, the Governor supports …

A Summary of the Medicaid Proposals in Governor Raimondo’s FY16 Budget

 March 23, 2015 Governor Raimondo has proposed her budget for Fiscal Year 2016 which totals $8.67 billion, a decrease of just over $200 million (2.4%) from the 2015 Revised Budget.  General revenue expenditures are $3.49 billion, an increase of $3.2 million. The budget includes steep cuts to the Medicaid program, which provides affordable health care to more than one in …

Former Foster Youth now have Access to Affordable Health Care

Help Spread the Word!  Expanded Medicaid Coverage for Former Foster Youth Under the ACA, youth who were enrolled in Medicaid and aged out of foster care on or after their 18th birthday are eligible for free Medicaid health insurance until age 26, regardless of their income.  In Rhode Island, at least 900 youth ages 21 to 25 are newly eligible for …

The Economic Progress Institute: Comments on Proposed Medicaid Rules

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. Comments on Proposed Rules Implementing Changes to Medicaid Program  

Countdown to Coverage 2014: Rhode Island’s Options for Affordable Health Coverage

September 26, 2013 Rhode Islanders in need of health insurance will have several options to find and afford coverage beginning January 1, 2014 when health coverage provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) go into effect. Low-income, single, childless adults will be able to enroll in Medicaid for the first time. Pregnant women, children and parents will continue to be …

6,500 Parents will Lose RIte Care on January 1, 2014 Under House Finance Committee Budget Proposal

6,500 Rhode Island parents will lose the affordable, comprehensive coverage they have through the RIte Care Program. Under the House Finance Committee’s 2014 Budget, low-income working parents between 175% and 133% of FPL (between $34,177 and $25,975) will lose their RIte Care health insurance. These are families already struggling to make ends meet. Under the House Finance Committee plan, low-income …