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Medicaid at 50: Serving Rhode Islanders by keeping them healthy and insured.
July 14, 2015 – A new fact-sheet from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
highlights the Medicaid program in the Ocean State. The Center highlights the efficiency of the program—as private insurance costs have soared, Medicaid costs and spending have grown much more slowly.
2015 Legislative Outcomes
July 07, 2015This year the Institute informed and influenced the debate on a host of policy issues related to tax policy, child care, and health care. Here is a summary of several policy changes that will have an impact on the fiscal health of Rhode Island and its residents.
Testimony regarding the reinvent Medicaid Act of 2015
May 19, 2015 – The Institute submitted testimony regarding the Reinvent Medicaid Act of 2015, highlighting the need to build on the state’s strong Medicaid foundation and coordinate delivery system and payment changes with on-going state-wide multi-payer system reform initiatives.
Medicaid on the Move Conference Presentations
May 11, 2015Conference presentations from Cindy Mann and Linda Katz are now available on our website.  Learn more about Medicaid!  Video of all of the presentations will be available soon.
Affordable Health Insurance Options for Uninsured Rhode Islanders
May 10, 2015Learn more about the options available for Rhode Islanders who need affordable health insurance, including Medicaid, RIte Care and options available through the Health Insurance Exchange.
Testimony regarding Article 28, H5900
April 29, 2015 – The Economic Progress Institute strongly supports maintaining
HealthSource RI and we are pleased that both the Governor and the Senate
President are committed to keeping our state-based exchange. The
funding strategy proposed in Budget Article 28 is a reasonable way to
pay for HealthSource RI as it transitions from full federal support to
state support.
Highlights from Governor Raimondo’s FY16 Budget
March 24, 2015Five highlights from Governor Raimondo’s Fiscal Year 16 budget.
A Summary of the Medicaid Proposals in Governor Raimondo’s FY16 Budget
March 23, 2015 – A brief summary of the changes being proposed to Rhode Island’s Medicaid program through Governor Raimondo’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget.
Former Foster Youth now have Access to Affordable Health Care
December 18, 2014
Under the ACA, youth who were enrolled in Medicaid and aged out of foster care on or after their 18th birthday
are eligible for free Medicaid health insurance until age 26,
regardless of their income.  In Rhode Island, at least 900 youth ages 21
to 25 are newly eligible for this free coverage in 2014.
Policy Outcomes 2014
July 16, 2014This brief summary highlights several policy changes made in 2014 that will have an impact on the fiscal health of Rhode Island and its residents.
Testimony in Support of S2533, The Rhode Island Health Care Authority Act
April 14, 2014 – This legislation establishes a Health Care Commissioner and a Health Care Authority whose responsibility is to evaluate specific mechanisms to make our system more efficient and more affordable, and report back to the General Assembly next year.
The Economic Progress Institute: Comments on Proposed Medicaid Rules
December 03, 2013Read comments submitted to the Executive Office of Health & Human Services on a number of proposed changes to the Medicaid program required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Countdown to Coverage 2014: Rhode Island’s Options for Affordable Health Coverage
September 26, 2013The Rhode Island Health Coverage Project’s latest fact sheet explainshow Rhode Islanders will benefit from new health coverage optionsbeginning January 1, 2014 as well as information about Medicaid,HealthSource RI, tax credits, enrollment information and more.
Comments on Rhode Island 1115 Waiver Extension Request
August 19, 2013 – Read comments submitted to the Office of Health and Human Services
regarding the state’s request for an extension of its 1115 Medicaid
6,500 Parents will Lose RIte Care on January 1, 2014 Under House Finance Committee Budget Proposal
June 21, 2013 –  Read our fact sheet about how 6,500 parents will lose RIte Care on January 1, 2014 under House Finance Committee Budget Proposal
Comments on the request to extend Rhode Island’s Medicaid Waiver
March 05, 2013 – The Institute has written extensive comments on the proposed extension of the state’s Medicaid waiver.
Testimony supporting the Medicaid expansion
February 15, 2013 – The Institute offered testimony in support of the Medicaid  expansion to low-income adults who do not have children to ensure they have access to health care.
Response to Governor Chafee’s Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2014
January 26, 2013Learn what is and is not included in the Governor’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2014 with respect to workforce development, tax policy, health care, and programs for low and modest-income Rhode Islanders.
Health Reform in Rhode Island: Countdown to Coverage
December 19, 2012View a presentation from recent forums that describes how the Affordable Care Act is helping Rhode Islanders and the changes that will go into effect in January 2014 .
Essential Health Benefits: Rhode Island’s Choice Under the Affordable Care Act
December 19, 2012
Read about the Essential Health Benefits (EHBs) that Rhode Island chose to include in its “benchmark” plan required under the Affordable Care Act.