Rhode Island is up three spots to 10th in the 2012 edition of America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.
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State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Rhode Island, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Starting in 2010, Rhode Island started offering health care insurance coverage to residents through the federally established temporary high-risk pool program. To find out more about Rhode Island's participation, click here.
Risk pools are state-sponsored programs to help people with a history of medical problems in their family to purchase coverage. These pools are for people who can afford to buy health insurance, but are not able to get underwritten in the private market because of a pre-existing health condition. These programs can vary significantly from state to state in price, benefits and number of people served. Often insurance companies doing business in the state are required to contribute to the pool to keep it in the black. In the best cases, they allow people to be able to switch jobs or become self-employed without the fear of losing their health insurance coverage. Read more about risk pools here.
State of Rhode Island Healthcare Reform Commission — Created by executive order of Governor Lincoln Chafee to make Rhode Island a leader in implementing national health care reform.
Rhode Island Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner — A dedicated office to aid health insurance consumers and promote the state health care system. Follow the links at left to access consumer information.
State-specfic information on the Physicans National Health Program in Rhode Island.
The Affordable Care Act: Immediate Benefits for Rhode Island -- How the Affordable Health Care act will improve the lives of people living in Rhode Island.
Why health care reform is important to Rhode Island -- This 2009 document by the AARP provides a compelling case f for health reform in Rhode Island.
The Benefits of Health Reform In Rhode Island -- The Democratic Policy Committee of the United States Senate looks at benefits of health reform for the citizens of Rhode Island.
Rhode Island mental health resource guide, offered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Government.
The National Coalition on Health Care's information for Rhode Island -- America's oldest, most diverse, and broadest based group working to achieve comprehensive health system reform.
Find out what your state's health insurance exchange will look like.
04/03/2013 5:04 PM
Rhode Island Public Radio — While the federal government has pushed out the required
effective date for the Small Business Health Options (SHOP) Program, Rhode Island will be ready to
proceed. The director of the Rhode Island said the state’s SHOP exchange will be
ready to accept enrollment in October 2013.
06/28/2012 10:06 PM
Boston.com – Rhode Island’s leaders praised Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act, saying it’s time to set aside political and legal debates about the law and focus on its implementation. The ruling ensures that an estimated 119,000 Rhode Island residents who now lack insurance will have access to health care coverage. Of that number, about 80,000 are expected to qualify for subsidies for private insurance beginning in 2014. Others will qualify for an expansion of Medicaid. The cornerstone of the act is a requirement that nearly everyone have insurance by 2014 or pay a fine.
03/21/2012 4:03 PM
Governing.com–The first in a two-part, in-depth series analyzing the work done to establish a state health insurance exchange in Rhode Island.
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