Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP)

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides help with energy needs including heating and cooling assistance, energy crisis intervention, low-cost residential weatherization and other energy-related home repairs. The Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) is a temporary emergency program that can help eligible families pay for water and wastewater services.  A one-time payment is made directly to the …

Temporary Disability Insurance Program (TDI)

The Temporary Disability Insurance Program (TDI) provides up to thirty weeks of benefits for people who cannot work due to illness or injury that occurred outside of the workplace. If you are injured on the job, you may be eligible for worker’s compensation. TDI is funded through employee contributions to the TDI Fund. Who Qualifies? To be eligible for TDI …

Hospital Free Care

Each hospital in Rhode Island has a “charity care program.”  The hospital may cover all or part of the bill if the applicant is unable to pay.  The income limit is 200% FPL for full coverage and up to 300% FPL for partial coverage.  Hospitals can choose to apply an asset test in determining eligibility for charity care.  The hospital should …

Telephone Assistance and Internet Assistance

There are a number of programs to assist low-income individuals pay for phone related costs. The Lifeline program provides discounts on phone service for qualifying low-income consumers. Lifeline is limited to one discount per household consisting of wireline, wireless or broadband (internet). The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) helps low-income households pay for internet service and connected devices like a laptop …

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Provides cash assistance to persons age 65 and older and adults and children with serious physical or mental impairment(s). Maximum monthly payments in 2023 are $953.92 for an individual and $1,450.38 for a couple (if both spouses are eligible). SSI benefits are for individuals who have not worked and paid into the Social Security System or as a supplement to …

Medicaid – Adults 65 and older & people with disabilities

The Medicaid program provides comprehensive medical coverage to seniors (age 65+) and people with permanent disabilities. People receiving SSI benefits  automatically receive Medicaid. Seniors and people with disabilities who are receiving Social Security Retirement or Disability benefits (or have other income) and have income/resources that exceed the SSI limits may be eligible for Medicaid under the rules described in this section. Note: People …