Children's Health Insurance - E-News from Rhode Island KIDS COUNT
November 16, 2016
16th Annual Celebration of Children's Health Luncheon
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 RIte Smiles, 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.

Open Enrollment: Get Covered and Stay Covered!
Families in need of insurance have until January 31, 2017 to apply for commercial coverage through HealthSource RI for 2017. Those who already have commercial insurance through HealthSource RI this year should review their 2017 assigned plan carefully and decide whether they want to stay in this plan or choose a different plan. Families are encouraged to pay for their plan by December 23, 2016 to ensure they have coverage beginning on January 1, 2017. 

For more information on how to apply, please check out the Rhode Island Health Coverage Project's information page and bilingual Get Covered Stay Covered Flyer ( English and Spanish). Please forward and share these resources widely! 

Note re: RIte Care/Medicaid: If you are eligible for RIte Care/Medicaid, you can enroll at any time. Renewal is on a rolling basis (not just during this Open Enrollment period). Please watch your mail for renewal information, which will be sent 2 months before your renewal date. 

The Rhode Island Health Coverage Project is a joint initiative of
the Economic Progress Institute and Rhode Island KIDS COUNT.
TeethFirst! - New Blog Postings & Campaign Materials
TeethFirst! continues to spread the word about the importance of early dental visits throughout Rhode Island. Please see the latest Tooth Talk blog postings:

Please also connect with TeethFirst! on Twitter and Facebook and share our sample social media posts and videos about oral health with your social networks!


Free campaign materials and are also available! Please click here to order. 


Rhode Island KIDS COUNT is project lead on TeethFirst!
For a full list of partners & supporters, please click here.

Infant Mortality & Updated Safe Sleep Recommendations

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently announced updated safe sleep recommendations to protect against sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related infant deaths.  Recommendations include always placing the infant on their back to sleep, using a firm sleep surface, and sharing a bedroom (but not the same sleeping surface) with parents.   

For the latest Rhode Island data on infant mortality,
please click here .
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