Rhode Island Resources

This page has information specific to this state, including contact information for federal and state agencies, and some key information about laws and consumer protections.

To find financial assistance resources, please visit CancerFinances.org.

Click here for information about laws specific to Rhode Island.



Federal Fair Employment Agency
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Reasonable Accommodations
Job Accommodation Network

Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
U.S. Department of Labor
Wage & Hour Division

Rhode Island Parental & Family Medical Leave Act

Rhode Island Paid Leave

State Fair Employment Agency
Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights

Vocational Rehabilitation
RI Department of Human Services, Office of Rehabilitation Services

More Employment Resources

Health Insurance

Rhode Island Health Insurance Marketplace (a.k.a Exchange)
HealthSource RI

Rhode Island Department of Insurance
Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner

U.S. Department of Labor
Employee Benefits Security Administration

More Health Insurance Resources

Medicaid Programs

Triage Cancer Guide to Medicaid Expansion

Rhode Island Medicaid

RIte Share

State Children’s Health Insurance Program
Rhode Island CHIP

Find Health & Dental Coverage For Your Family

More Health Insurance Resources

Health Care Programs & Laws

Women’s Health & Cancer Rights Act (WHCRA)

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

Sharing Medical Information with Family & Friends

Hill Burton Federally-Funded Health Centers

Federally Qualified Health Centers

Community Clinics

National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP)

Breast & Cervical Cancer Treatment Program (BCCTP)


Local transit systems may provide free or discounted rates for low-income individuals and families. Some cities also offer bus passes, vouchers for taxi or ride-sharing services, or shuttle services for patients traveling to cancer treatments.

Dial 211 for assistance.

Unemployment Resources

Unemployment Agency
RI Department of Labor and Training, Unemployment Insurance

Agency: Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training

File here. You must apply for 3 full-time jobs per week and keep a written record of your job search. Most eligible applicants will receive their first payment in the third week after applying. Your weekly benefit rate will be equal to 3.85% of the average of the total wages in the two highest quarters of the base period, not to exceed the defined maximum amount. Click here to see the current weekly benefit amount and the maximum length of benefits. You may claim these weeks any time you are unemployed during your benefit year. You cannot collect both UI benefits and state Temporary Disability Insurance at the same time. There is a comprehensive guide to applying for UI benefits available here. Read the unemployment insurance FAQ.

State Clinical Trials Law

R.I. Gen. Laws §§ 27-18-74, 27-19-64, 27-20-60, 27-41-77

Who must cover the costs? Private insurers and specific managed care plans

What must be covered? Routine patient care costs associated with new cancer therapies under investigation in Phase II, Phase III, or Phase IV clinical trials

Requirements for Coverage: The trials must involve expert physicians, and the proposed therapy must have been reviewed and approved by an IRB.

Qualifying Trials: The study must be approved by one of the following: (1) NIH in cooperation with NCI, (2) the CDC, (3) U.S. F.D.A. in the form of an investigational new drug application, (4) U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, (5) CMS, or (6) a qualified research entity that meets the criteria set forth by the NCI for cancer center support grants.

(Current as of 8/2022)

State Leave Laws

Paid Family Leave

  • Who’s eligible? All employees, provided that they have been paid at least 14,700 in the base period or $2,450 in one quarter of their total base period.
  • Who can be cared for? To care for a family member with a serious health condition or to care for one’s own disability (unable to perform regular or customary work). Family member includes a child, parent, spouse, domestic partner, or grandparent.
  • How much time is given? Up to 4 weeks.
  • How much is paid? Benefits are calculated based on the individual’s average weekly wage, up to $852/week.
  • How do I apply? Apply during the first 30 days after the first day of leave is taken. You must also give your employer written notice at least 30 days ahead of time, unless circumstances are unforeseen.

Paid Sick Leave

Rhode Island's Healthy and Safe Family and Workplaces Act covers all employers who have had an average of 18 employees or more in the 2 highest employment quarters of the past payroll year; public employers and employers who offer equivalent or better Paid Time Off benefits to their employees are not covered by the law. Paid leave accrues at the minimum rate of one hour per 35 hours worked. Employees can accrue up to 40 paid leave hours per year.

More information

For more information about leave laws in each state, see our chart on taking time off from work.