January 11, 2018
9 Million Children Left Hanging Due to Congress' Failure to Extend CHIP

RIte Care, Rhode Island's high-quality Medicaid/CHIP managed care health insurance program, provides many low-income children and families in our state with affordable, comprehensive health coverage.

The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides important funding and coverage to 27,000 Rhode Island children in the RIte Care program and 9 million children in the United States, including many with special needs and chronic conditions like diabetes and asthma. Now the future of that coverage is under immediate threat by the failure of Congress to pass a clean, 5-year extension of CHIP.  

Congress allowed permanent funding for CHIP to expire on September 30 - despite a history of bipartisan support. 

Anything less than fully funding CHIP  puts children and families at risk. It doesn't give states the certainty they need to fund kids' health coverage and plan their budgets as they head into their new legislative sessions. And it leaves parents worrying about health care for their kids. 

As part of any new budget agreement, Congress must renew CHIP funding for the full 5 years that leaders on both sides of the aisle have agreed to. States can't rely on limited patchwork funding and families can't afford to go without coverage for their kids. 

Congress, it's past time to put our nation's children above politics. If you truly support CHIP, fully fund it now. The future of 9 million children across the United States is at stake.

Rhode Island's Congressional Delegation is in strong support of CHIP, however, please contact advocates you know in other states and have them call their members of Congress at 1.877.233.9025.
Welcoming Devan Quinn to Rhode Island KIDS COUNT
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT is pleased to welcome Devan Quinn to our team as Policy Analyst!

Devan is responsible for policy analysis, research, and writing in areas related to child and family health issues. Prior to joining Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, Devan served as a Domestic Violence Specialist at New Beginnings (A Domestic Violence Crisis Center) in Laconia, New Hampshire; Executive Assistant to New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan; and Deputy Political Director, Hassan for Governor Campaign. Devan has a Master of Public Policy with a Health Policy Concentration from Brandeis University, and a Bachelor of Arts, Women's Studies and Political Science from George Washington University.

Please feel free to contact Devan at dquinn@rikidscount.org, or 401.351.9400, ext 14.
Child Welfare Fact Sheets
This series includes three Fact Sheets that provide the latest available data, key facts, and recommendations on issues related to adolescents in the child welfare system, including: 
  1. Families Caring for Teens
  2. Another Planned Permanent Living Arrangement (APPLA); and 
  3. Focus on Restoring Foster Care to Age 21 
Families Caring for Teens  (December 2017)
When out-of-home placements are necessary, it is critical for teens to be in a family-based setting to give them opportunities to develop stable, nurturing relationships that can lead to permanency and to participate in activities that are developmentally appropriate for kids their age. It is also important that necessary supports and services be provided to ensure successful family-based placements.

Another Planned Permanent Living Arrangement (December 2017) Another Planned Permanent Living Arrangement (APPLA), also known as Other Planned Permanent Living Arrangement (OPPLA) provides a permanency plan for youth age 16 and older for whom permanency through reunification, kinship placement, adoption, or legal guardianship has not been secured. 

Focus on Restoring Foster Care to Age 21 (May 2017 Update)
Rhode Island provided foster care services until age 21 until July 1, 2007, when the upper age limit was lowered to age 18 for children except for children with functional developmental disabilities. Twenty-five states and DC have extended foster care services to youth up to age 21, a policy change that can have substantial individual, societal, and economic benefits.
Race for Results Policy Roundtable
On December 15, 2017, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT and the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University co-hosted a policy roundtable focused on the Annie E. Casey Foundation Race for Results report's alarming finding that Rhode Island's Latino children are ranked lowest in the nation on the Race for Results Opportunity Index, and on what each of us can do to improve outcomes for Latino children and secure a better future for Rhode Island. 

For more information, please see the data presentation, Providence Journal coverage, and event pictures.
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  • Children's Health and Health Insurance 
  • Child Welfare/Juvenile Justice 
  • Early Childhood/Early Learning 
  • Student-Centered Learning
  • RI Campaign for Grade-Level Reading 
  • Rhode Island KIDS COUNT also publishes a general interest E-Newsletter. 

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