SNAP

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, provides a monthly benefit for the purchase of food items through an Electronic Benefits Transfer card (EBT). The card is used at participating supermarkets and convenience stores. The EBT card can also be used to buy food on-line at Amazon and Walmart. See our SNAP/EBT Online Factsheet (ENGLISH/SPANISH). The monthly amount depends on …

General Public Assistance (GPA) Medical

Provides limited medical coverage to individuals who are disabled longer than 30 days and unable to work.  Coverage includes doctors visits and limited types of prescriptions.  GPA recipients are entitled to free hospital care. Who Qualifies? Adults who cannot work due to a physical or mental problem that will last longer than 30 days. Must be a citizen or eligible …

RIPAE Program

R.I. Pharmaceutical Assistance for the Elderly Program provides people age 65 and older and people age 55 – 64 who are receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits with subsidies to purchase certain medications. RIPAE members can also purchase other prescribed medication at the RIPAE discount price. The medications for which the subsidy is available are medications used to treat Alzheimer’s disease, …

Supplemental Food Program for Woman, Infants and Children (WIC)

Provides vouchers to purchase nutritionally appropriate foods and nutrition education to pregnant and post-partum women and children under age five. Who Qualifies? Pregnant women Mothers with babies under 6 months old Mothers who are breastfeeding Babies Children under age 5 who are at nutritional risk Fathers, grandparents and foster parents can also apply for WIC for children in their care Citizen …

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 …