Head Start and Early Head Start

Head Start and Early Head Start are federally funded programs designed to improve the school readiness of children in low-income families. Children receive comprehensive services that provide for the education, health and emotional growth of the child. •  Head Start serves low-income children and their families in the two years prior to kindergarten entry. •  Early Head Start serves low-income …

RIte Care/RIte Share

Health Insurance for Families and Pregnant Women (RIte Care/RIte Share and Affordable Coverage Through Health Source RI) Families and pregnant women can enroll in health insurance coverage using an on-line application through HealthSource RI healthyrhode.ri.gov. For families with low income, all family members may be eligible for RIte Care/Rite Share (Medicaid). For families with moderate income, children may be eligible for RIte …

Hospital Free Care

Each hospital in Rhode Island has a “charity care program.”  The hospital may cover all or part of the bill if the applicant is unable to pay.  The income limit is 200% FPL for full coverage and up to 300% FPL for partial coverage.  Hospitals can choose to apply an asset test in determining eligibility for charity care.  The hospital should …