Healthcare for Adults Age 19-64

New Health Coverage Options for Uninsured Adults

Big News! Beginning on October 1, 2013, new ways of obtaining affordable health coverage will be available through Rhode Island’s new on-line eligibility system at

What Happens on October 1, 2013?

 If you need health coverage right away (before January 1, 2014), you have the following options:

  • If you are a parent or guardian with at least one child and NO health coverage, you may qualify for Medicaid through RIte Care or RIte Share if your family meets the income requirements. Your coverage may begin right away if you qualify for Medicaid in one of these programs. Look for this symbol    for more information.
  • If you have a disabling illness or condition, you may qualify for Medicaid through Rhody Health Partners or Connect Care Choice if you meet certain income and clinical standards and your assets are below a set amount. Look for this symbol   for more information. 
  • Health and dental coverage are also available for adults through RI Community Health Centers.

If you need health coverage AFTER January 1, 2014, you have the following options:

  • If you are between 19 and 64 years old, you may be eligible under a new Medicaid coverage group if your income is at or below 133% of the federal poverty level (FPL). Click here for more details.
  • You can apply at for coverage or by mail or in person using a paper application at any of these locations.
  • If you ARE eligible for Medicaid funded health coverage, you can enroll in health plan right away, but YOUR HEALTH COVERAGE WILL BEGIN ON JANUARY 1, 2014.
  •         If you are NOT eligible for Medicaid funded coverage, there are still other ways that you can get affordable coverage with the help of tax credits and subsidies. See for more information.

Other Special State Programs

There are several other programs that have make services available to consumers between the ages of 19 and 64. If you are interested in obtaining health services through any of the following programs, you should also apply for Medicaid and other forms of coverage at or in person or by mail using the applications indicated.

For More Information about Medicaid: To find out what is required to apply, see Forms and Applications.  To schedule an appointment, please call your local DHS Office.


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