State health care information for the criminal justice system

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For a glossary of important terms in this profile, review the Key Terms for State Health Care Information for Criminal Justice Systems.

Basic Information on Health Reform in Rhode Island

Rhode Island has expanded Medicaid coverage to low-income adults, as of January 2015.[i]  Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Plan) are safety net health benefit programs available in Rhode Island.[ii]

Health Insurance Exchange Information: Rhode Island is operating a State-based insurance exchange. Visit Rhode Island’s health insurance marketplace, HealthSource RI to compare health plans and take advantage of federal tax subsidies that may apply.[iii]

Eligibility and Enrollment: People in Rhode Island can apply for and enroll in Medicaid or CHIP any time of year and coverage can begin immediately. They can purchase and enroll in marketplace plans during the annual open enrollment period, which begins November 15th of each year and extends through February 15th.  If they meet certain criteria, such as having been released from custody in the last 90 days, they may be able to enroll in private coverage outside the open enrollment period. There are three ways to see if they meet eligibility requirements and apply for and enroll in these benefits:

1) They can use Rhode Island’s online application for free or low cost health benefits.[iv]

2) They can get free, in-person help from a local broker or navigator.

 3) They can fill out a paper application at any local Medicaid office or mail it in.[v]

 

Rhode Island Medicaid and Health Insurance Links

Link to the state Medicaid agency website for more information on Medicaid and for application forms to download and print[vi]

Link to important contact information and Medicaid helpline number (401-784-8100, in-state and 800-964-6211, toll free)  [vii]

Link to a map with locations and contact information for the nearest district Medicaid office[viii]

Link to a summary of Rhode Island’s basic eligibility guidelines[ix]

In RI, benefits covered are the same for the traditionally eligible Medicaid population and the Medicaid expansion population under the ACA

Link to information on Rhode Island’s Medicaid State Plan[x]

Link to Medicaid Member information and fact sheets on covered services[xi]

Link to contact information for the state Medicaid director[xii]

 

Where do you apply for coverage on Rhode Island’s health insurance exchange? To apply, visit HealthSource RI[xiii]

Where can you find help to enrollment in health coverage and answers to questions? Link to enrollment help[xiv]

 

State Health Information

How many people in Rhode Island are eligible to participate?  According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 11.6% of Rhode Island’s population (120,460) was uninsured in 2013. The estimated number of potential marketplace participants is 73,000.[xv]

How many are enrolled so far?  28,787 individuals have selected a plan, as of January 2015.[xvi]

How many of the state’s uninsured population are eligible for Medicaid?  42,000 of Rhode Island’s uninsured (43%) are eligible for Medicaid; 33,000 of them are adults, as of January 2015.[xvii]

Is Rhode Island a Medicaid health home state?  Yes, link to information on health homes in Rhode Island[xviii]

Who are the health committee chairs in the state legislature?

House: Rep. Joseph M. McNamara (D-District 19) chairs the Health, Education & Welfare Committee.

Senate: Sen. Joshua Miller (D-District 28) chairs the Health & Human Services Committee. [xix]

 

Other Related Information and Links for Rhode Island

Link to information on the Rhode Island Department of Corrections[xx]

Link to the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals, Substance Abuse Services[xxi]

Link to the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals, Mental Health Services [xxii]

Link to the Rhode Island Council of Community Mental Health Organizations to get information about Rhode Island’s mental health and substance use disorder service providers

 

General Information and Useful Links on Health Reform

Kaiser Family Foundation offers information on health reform in each state:

Link to specific health data and insurance coverage information for Rhode Island [xxiii]

Link to a calculator for possible subsidies available to people who purchase coverage on the exchanges [xxiv]

Link to information about health insurance exchanges in each state [xxv]

 

Government websites that offer useful information on health reform:

InsureKidsNow.gov offers general information on the CHIP program.[xxvi]

Healthcare.gov offers links to local enrollment help and information on coverage for incarcerated people and answers to questions about health benefits.[xxvii]

Medicaid.gov offers general information on the Medicaid program and a breakdown of mandatory benefits all plans must include. [xxviii]

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) offers an online directory of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) in each state that offer free or low cost care.[xxix]

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) offers a directory of substance abuse and mental health treatment facilities in each state at: SA-Treatment Facility Locator and at: MH-Treatment Facility Locator.[xxx]

SAMHSA also offers the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities, which has information on substance abuse treatment facilities by state, the types of programs available, and services they offer for justice-involved populations.[xxxi]

 

Click here to return to the map of state profiles: state-by-state healthcare profile map

 

[i] See Medicaid.gov, Medicaid by State, Rhode Island, last viewed on January 2, 2015, at 1:35 p.m., http://www.medicaid.gov/Medicaid-CHIP-Program-Information/By-Staterhode island.html.

[ii] See HealthCare.gov, Find out if you qualify for Medicaid and CHIP, Rhode Island, last viewed at January 10, 2015, at 10:56 a.m., https://www.healthcare.gov/medicaid-chip/eligibility/.

[iii] See Medicaid.gov, Medicaid by State, Rhode Island, viewed at January 10, 2015, at 10:56 a.m., http://www.medicaid.gov/Medicaid-CHIP-Program-Information/By-State/rhode-island.html.

[iv] See HealthSourceRI, Apply For Coverage, last viewed at January 10, 2015, at 11:06 a.m., https://healthyrhode.ri.gov/HIXWebI3/StartAnonymousBrowsing.action.

[v] See Executive Office of Health & Human Services, State of Rhode Island, Healthcare, last viewed at January 10, 2015, at 11:37 a.m., http://www.eohhs.ri.gov/Consumer/ConsumerInformation/Healthcare/HealthcareOverview.aspx.

[vi] See Rhode Island Department of Human Services, Medicaid, last viewed at January 10, 2015, at 11:49 a.m., http://www.dhs.ri.gov/ContactUs/DHSOffices/Medicaid/tabid/835/Default.aspx.

[vii] See Rhode Island Department of Human Services, DHS Contacts, last viewed at January 10, 2015, at 11:49 a.m., http://www.dhs.ri.gov/ContactUs/DHSContacts/tabid/181/Default.aspx.

[viii] See Rhode Island Department of Human Services, Contact Us, DHS Offices, last viewed at January 10, 2015, at 11:52 a.m., http://www.dhs.ri.gov/tabid/835/Default.aspx.

[ix] See Rhode Island Department of Human Services, Eligibility Self-Screening, last viewed at January 10, 2015, at 11:57 a.m., https://www.screening.dhs.ri.gov/English/questions.cfm.

[x] See Executive Office of Health & Human Services, State of Rhode Island, State Plans, last viewed at January 10, 2015, at 12:00 p.m., http://www.eohhs.ri.gov/ReferenceCenter/StatePlans.aspx.

[xi] See Executive Office of Health & Human Services, State of Rhode Island, Integrated Care Initiative, last viewed at January 10, 2015, at 12:09 p.m., http://www.eohhs.ri.gov/IntegratedCare.aspx.

[xii] See Executive Office of Health & Human Services, Medicaid Provider Manual, last viewed at January 10, 2015, at 12:23 p.m., http://www.eohhs.ri.gov/ProvidersPartners/ProviderManualsGuidelines/MedicaidProviderManual.aspx.

[xiii] See HealthSourceRI, Apply for Coverage, last viewed at January 10, 2015, at 12:47 p.m., https://www.healthcare.gov/get-coverage/.

[xiv]See HealthSourceRI, Get Assistance, last viewed at January 10, 2015, at 1:00 p.m.,  https://healthyrhode.ri.gov/HIXWebI3/healthcare-getAssistance.

[xv] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts, How Will the Uninsured in Rhode Island Fare Under the Affordable Care Act?, last viewed at January 19, 2015, at 12:41 p.m., http://kff.org/health-reform/fact-sheet/state-profiles-uninsured-under-aca-rhode-island/.

[xvi] See Medicaid.gov, Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment Data, Table 1A: Medicaid and CHIP: August and September 2014 Monthly Enrollment Updated November 2014, last viewed at January 10, 2015, at 12:43 p.m., http://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid-chip-program-information/program-information/downloads/updated-september-2014-enrollment-data.pdf.

[xvii] The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts, How Will the Uninsured in Rhode Island Fare Under the Affordable Care Act?, last viewed at January 19, 2015, at 12:41 p.m., http://kff.org/health-reform/fact-sheet/state-profiles-uninsured-under-aca-rhode-island/.

[xviii] See Medicaid.gov, Approved Health Home State Plan Amendments, last viewed at January 10, 2015, at 1:15 p.m.,  http://www.medicaid.gov/State-Resource-Center/Medicaid-State-Technical-Assistance/Health-Homes-Technical-Assistance/Approved-Health-Home-State-Plan-Amendments.html.

[xix] See State of Rhode Island General Assembly, last viewed at January 10, 2015, at 1:18 p.m., http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/ComMembers/ComMemr.asp?ComChoiceR=HHEW.

[xx] See Rhode Island Department of Corrections, last viewed at January 10, 2015, at 1:18 p.m., http://www.doc.ri.gov/index.php.

[xxi] See State of Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals, , last viewed at January 4, 2015, at 3:21 p.m., http://www.bhddh.ri.govs.

[xxii] See State of Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals, , last viewed at January 4, 2015, at 3:21 p.m., http://www.bhddh.ri.govs.

[xxiii] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts, last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: http://kff.org/state-category/health-reform/?state=RI.

[xxiv]  See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Insurance Marketplace Profiles, January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: http://kff.org/state-health-marketplace-profiles/.

[xxv]   See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Insurance Marketplace Profiles, January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: http://kff.org/state-health-marketplace-profiles/.

[xxvi]   See InsureKidsNow.gov, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:37 p.m.: http://www.insurekidsnow.gov/chip/index.html.

[xxvii]  See Healthcare.gov, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: https://localhelp.healthcare.gov/ and https://www.healthcare.gov/incarcerated-people/.

[xxviii] See Medicaid.gov, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m., http://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid-chip-program-information/medicaid-and-chip-program-information.html.

[xxix] See Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Find a Health Center, last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:40 p.m.: http://www.bphc.hrsa.gov/.

xxxi  See SAMSHA Treatment Facility Locator, last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:40 p.m.: http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/TreatmentLocator/faces/quickSearch.jspx and http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/MHTreatmentLocator/faces/quickSearch.jspx

xxxii See SAMHSA N-SSATS last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:45 p.m.: http://www.samhsa.gov/data/substance-abuse-facilities-data-nssats.

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