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The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides comprehensive free or low-cost healthcare benefits to children whose parents or guardians do not qualify for Medicaid. CHIP is a federal program, and each state/territory has flexibility to design their own CHIP program within federal guidelines. Therefore, CHIP benefits may differ in each state/territory.
CHIP benefits may include annual check-ups, hospital visits, dental insurance, vision insurance and more. All services are provided through medical providers that participate in the CHIP program. Not all doctors and medical facilities accept CHIP patients.
Learn more about CHIP benefits here.
The Rhode Island state CHIP program is called RIte Care. It is administered by the Rhode Island Department of Human Services. For more information about RIte Care, click here.
A child may receive CHIP benefits in Rhode Island for as long as he or she qualifies for the program. A participant’s qualifications are determined by their age and their household’s monthly gross income. To learn more about eligibility and qualifying for RIte Care, click here.
If a child is eligible for CHIP, the following services will be covered:
Other services may also be covered depending on the child’s needs.
For more information about the services covered and what medical assistance you can receive, call the Department of Human Services Cell Center at 1 (855) 697-4347.
To qualify for CHIP in New Jersey, a child must meet the following criteria:
For more information on New Jersey’s household income limits and other eligibility criteria to qualify for CHIP, click here.
If you qualify for RIte Care coverage, you will not need to pay a premium or copays for medical services.
For more information on the cost of CHIP benefits in New Jersey, call the Department of Human Services Cell Center at 1 (855) 697-4347.
Before applying for RIte Care, complete the following three steps:
Learn about the income limits and other eligibility criteria here.
To apply for CHIP online, you can create an account through HealthSourceRI here.
To apply for CHIP in person, click here to find your nearest Rhode Island Department of Human Services location.
To apply for CHIP by mail, fill out the Application for Assistance found here and send it to the following address:RI Department of Human Services
P.O. Box 8709
Cranston, RI 02920-8787
To apply for CHIP by fax, send your completed application to your local Department of Human Services office.
*Rhode Island uses the same application for multiple benefits and self-reliance programs. Be sure to mark the correct program you are applying for in your application.
Depending on your method of application, you can check your application status in the following ways:
You will receive a determination letter in the mail notifying you of your eligibility for CHIP after your application has been processed. The amount of time it takes to process your application may be extended if the Department of Human Services requires more information from you to process your application.
If approved for CHIP, you will be sent further instructions for enrolling in healthcare coverage and receiving an insurance card for your child.
For more information about what happens after you apply for RIte Care, you can contact the Department of Human Services Cell Center at 1 (855) 697-4347.
If you do not agree with the Department of Human Services’ decision to deny your CHIP benefits, you can file an appeal within 35 days of when you receive your eligibility determination in the mail. Your determination letter will include instructions for filing an appeal.
If you have any further questions regarding the appeals process, you can contact the Department of Human Services Cell Center at 1 (855) 697-4347.
To transfer your child from your current insurance to CHIP benefits, you will need to contact your current health insurance provider and ask a representative to discontinue their insurance coverage.
You can find your insurance company’s customer service number on your health insurance card.
If you have any questions about the insurance transfer process, contact the Department of Human Services Cell Center at 1 (855) 697-4347.
If you have any further questions about the RIte Care or CHIP, call the Department of Human Services Cell Center at 1 (855) 697-4347.
You can also contact your local Rhode Island Department of Human Services office for assistance. Find your nearest office location and contact information here.
Services are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
While we are not affiliated with the government in any way, our private company engaged writers to research the Children’s Health Insurance Program and compiled a guide and the following answers to frequently asked questions. Our goal is to help you get the benefits that you need by providing useful information on the process.
Our free CHIP Guide is filled with helpful information about how to apply, program eligibility and how to get in touch with local offices. You can view or download our free guide here.