On November 14, more than 225 community leaders, elected officials, and health care advocates gathered for our sixteenth annual Celebration of Children's Health Luncheon to reflect on the progress that Rhode Island has made in achieving positive health outcomes for children - including the 10th anniversary of
, Rhode Island's managed care dental insurance for low-income children.
Deborah Florio, Deputy Medicaid Director at the RI Executive Office of Health and Human Services, and Susan Orban, Coordinator of the Washington County Coalition for Children, were this year's community leaders and partners honored with Covering Kids Awards for their commitment and dedication to ensuring that children have access to coverage that connects them to primary health and dental care.
Data points from the presentation include:
- Nearly 97% of Rhode Island children have health insurance coverage.
- Rhode Island ranks 15th best in the nation (and 5th best in New England) for children's health insurance coverage.
- Rhode Island's two RIte Care health plans (Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island and UnitedHealthcare Community Plan) are two of only 15 Medicaid Health Plans in the U.S. to be rated 4.5 out of 5.0 for quality, including clinical performance and member satisfaction.
- In 2016, 95,737 Rhode Island children (45% of all children under age 18 in the state) have RIte Smiles dental coverage.
- Of the children enrolled in RIte Smiles, 63% had a dental visit in 2014 (the most recent year for which data are available).
For more, please see the full data presentation, media release, media coverage, and event pictures.