Providence to participate in National Initiative to expand Health Care Access

Providence Selected to Participate in National Initiative to Expand Health Care Access for Children, Families

Capital City receives $30,000 in Cities Expanding Health Access for Children and Families initiative funding from National League of Cities, Atlantic Philanthropies

– The National League of Cities (NLC) has selected Providence as one of 12 cities that will receive technical assistance and grant funding to conduct a six-month planning process to increase children and families' access to health insurance coverage.

Through the Cities Expanding Health Access for Children and Families initiative, Providence's Healthy Communities Office will receive a $30,000 grant and practical guidance to develop a business plan for a city-led outreach campaign to enroll children and families in RIte Care. NLC's Institute for Youth, Education and Families is coordinating the initiative as part of a multi-year effort to increase access to health care for children and families, funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies.

"We are working to strengthen the health of Providence's children and families, and increasing access to health insurance is an important part of those efforts," said Mayor Angel Taveras. "This funding comes at a critical moment for health reform, and by bringing together stakeholders from across the Capital City, we can build a plan that will help us reduce the number of uninsured children in Providence for years to come."

NLC will provide cities with customized assistance, access to best practices and national experts, as well as opportunities for peer learning during the business plan development process. During the final phase of the initiative, NLC will select six of the 12 planning grant cities to receive an additional grant of up to $260,000 over two years, and continued technical assistance for implementation of the health insurance outreach business plan developed.

Providence will develop a plan aimed at reducing the number of uninsured youth in the city by at least 1,800 children, from the current estimated 3,469 uninsured children based on 2009-2011 American Community Survey data. The majority of these children will be those who would already be eligible for, but not enrolled in RIte Care prior to passage of the Affordable Care Act, but whose parents may have had different health coverage options as a result of the law and other local changes made in Rhode Island.

Other cities selected to receive planning grants through this initiative include:

•         Auroro, Colo.
•         Columbia, Pa.
•         Dallas
•         Garden City, Mich.
•         Hattiesburg, Miss.
•         Houston
•         Jacksonville, Fla.
•         New Bedford, Mass.
•         Omaha, Neb.
•         Pittsburgh, Pa.
•         Savannah, Ga.

The NLC is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. Working in partnership with the 49 state municipal leagues, NLC serves as a resource to and an advocate for the more than 19,000 cities, villages and towns it represents.