What's New at DHS
Home Energy Assistance Program Now Accepting Applications
The Department of Human Services oversees the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to help Rhode Island families cope with the high costs of home energy bills. LIHEAP can help you stay warm in the winter through programs that reduce the risk of health and safety problems that arise from unsafe heating practices. These programs are available to low-income households, the elderly, and the disabled through local Community Action Programs (CAPs). To find a CAP near you, click Community Action Program Agencies for more information.
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.
Director Powell Delivers Keynote Address at NAWRS Confernece
Sandra M. Powell, Director of the Department of Human Services, gave the keynote address at the 54th Annual National Association of Welfare Research and Statistics Workshop in Providence, RI on Monday August 18, 2014. In it, she describes the initiatives under way at DHS. "We are in the midst of transformative change, she said. It's a challenging but exciting time for us." Read the entire address and the exciting work being done to improve the agency here.
Medicaid Renewals 2014
Several thousand RIte Care families will be receiving renewal letters in the mail beginning in June and continuing through November 2014. There is a new renewal (recertification) process for RIte Care this year. Please follow the directions in the letter. You can renew online, by phone in-person or by mail-in application. For more information and a copy of the letter, please see Medicaid Renewals.
As of May 1, 2014, the State of Rhode Island has a new vendor, LogistiCare, coordinating transportation services for Medicaid beneficiaries and individuals over the age of 60 who do not have access to transportation for critical appointments and services. Click here for more information.
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.
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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