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What's New at DHS

RI Works

Starting January 1, 2014, the Affordable Care Act went into full effect in Rhode Island.  Medicaid affordable care coverage is now available for adults age 19-64 with income up to 133% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) who do not have dependent children or Medicaid eligibility through some other coverage group (i.e., based on blindness or disability).  In addition, Medicaid continues to be available for low-income children, parents, and pregnant women.
Effective January 1, 2014, new applications and re-applications to the Rhode Island Works Cash program will have their eligibility for Medicaid affordable care coverage determined separately.
Completion of the DHS 1 and DHS 2 will provide an eligibility determination for Rhode Island Works (RIW) Cash eligibility.  Completion of the application for Health Care Coverage will provide an eligibility determination for Medicaid affordable care coverage.
To learn more about the Affordable Care Act and what it means for you and your household and to see if you are eligible for Medicaid or other financial help, and to sign up for health insurance, please read below under, Important News about the Affordable Care Act, then go to the Health Insurance Marketplace or HealthSource RI to begin your application process.  Click here to read more.

For Parents n the Child Care Assistance Program

BrightStars is Rhode Island's Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS).  A QRIS sets a clear pathway for quality, evaluates and rates the quality of care given by early learning programs, and supports providers in their quality improvement efforts.
CCAP approved child care programs that have not yet received a BrightStars rating have been given a "Starting Star" as they begin the process of continuous quality improvement.
Click Here for a list of child care programs that have received a "Starting Star".


Changes in SNAP Benefits as of November 1, 2013

SNAP benefits are changing because the increased benefits provided in 2009 under a law called the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) will expire on November 1, 2013.  Read More...


Important News about the Affordable Care Act

Rhode Islanders are now able to apply for affordable healthcare coverage under the Affordable Care Act.  This means that many people who do not have health care coverage now may be able to get coverage.  The Affordable Care Act allows for health care coverage for more low-income Rhode Islanders.  Adults between ages 19-64 may be eligible for health care coverage for no cost or at low cost with some financial help to pay for it.  Read more

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To learn more about the Affordable Care Act and what it means for you and your household go to  www.healthcare.gov or www.healthsourceri.com.


  

What's New in Medicaid

Executive Office of Health and Human Services

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) has launched a new website!  This new website has all the latest information about Medicaid health coverage and describes many of the other public health and human services programs in Rhode Island.  Visit us now at EOHHS, and learn more about Medicaid and the big changes coming in affordable health coverage on October 1, 2013.


Nursing Home Methodology Payment Update

Nursing Home Methodology Payment Update



 

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