Rhode Island Department of Human Services
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What's New at DHS

Apply for Program and Benefits Online

Rhode Islanders have always been able to apply for Department of Human Services programs and benefits at our field offices (Click Here for locations) or by downloading paper applications (Click Here for information).
Now, people can submit applications online for the following programs:

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as "Food Stamps")
Cash Assistance (RI Works, General Public Assistance)
Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)
Medical Assistance (including RIte Care)
State Supplemental Payments (SSP)
Medicare Premium Payments (MPP)

To apply online, Click Here.

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 ahve 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.

For Parents in 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 learing 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 beging the processof continuous quality improvement.
Click Here for a list of child care programs that have received a "Starting Star".   


The Affordable Care Act

Rhode Islanders are now able to apply for affordable heatlhcare 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.  Click on the box below to get more information or to apply.



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