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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.

 

Disability Insurance

State Disability Insurance (SDI)
Temporary Disability & Caregiver Insurance
401.462.8420
http://www.dlt.ri.gov/tdi/

Federal Disability Insurance (SSDI & SSI)
Social Security Administration
800.772.1213
www.ssa.gov

SSI State Supplement
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in Rhode Island
https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-11164.pdf

Temporary Disability Insurance
http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/Statutes/TITLE28/28-41/INDEX.HTM

To find your local SSA office:
https://secure.ssa.gov/ICON/main.jsp

More Disability Resources

Employment

Federal Fair Employment Agency
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
800.669.4000
info@eeoc.gov
www.eeoc.gov

Reasonable Accommodations
Job Accommodation Network
800.526.7234
jan@AskJAN.org
www.AskJAN.org

Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
U.S. Department of Labor
Wage & Hour Division
866.487.9243
www.dol.gov/whd
http://www.dlt.ri.gov/lmi/pdf/familyleave.pdf
http://www.dlt.ri.gov/ls/pdfs/MedicalLeave_rr02.pdf

Rhode Island Paid Leave
http://ripaidleave.net/

State Fair Employment Agency
Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights
401.222.2661
http://www.richr.ri.gov

State Health Care Coverage Facts
Georgetown University Health Policy Institute
https://ccf.georgetown.edu/state-childrens-health-facts/

VocationalRehabilitation
RI Department of Human Services, Office of Rehabilitation Services
401.421.7005
www.ors.ri.gov/

More Employment Resources

Health Insurance

Rhode Island Health Insurance Marketplace (a.k.a Exchange)
HealthSource RI
855.840.4774
www.healthsourceri.com/

Rhode Island Department of Insurance
Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner
855.747.3224
www.ohic.ri.gov/

COBRA
U.S. Department of Labor
Employee Benefits Security Administration
866.444.3272
www.dol.gov/ebsa

COBRA-Rhode Island
Rhode Island Office of Employee Benefits
www.employeebenefits.ri.gov/COBRA.php

State Children’s Health Insurance Program
Rhode Island CHIP
877.574.2846
www.insurekidsnow.gov/state/RhodeIsland/

Find Health & Dental Coverage For Your Family
InsureKids.gov
https://www.insurekidsnow.gov/coverage/ri/index.html

More Health Insurance Resources

Medicare

Medicare
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
800.MEDICARE (633.4227)
www.medicare.gov

Medicare & You

Medicare Assistance
State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)
401.462.0510
https://www.seniorsresourceguide.com/directories/National/SHIP/

More Health Insurance Resources

Unemployment Resources

Unemployment Agency
RI Department of Labor and Training, Unemployment Insurance
401.243.9100
www.dlt.state.ri.us/ui/

Agency: Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training

File here: https://dltweb.dlt.ri.gov/UIClaims2013/intro/index.aspx?AC=yes. 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. Effective 7/1/19, the minimum is $53 and maximum is $586, ($732 including dependency allowance), for a maximum of 26 weeks. 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: http://www.dlt.ri.gov/ui/pdfs/UIGuide.pdf

Updates related to Rhode Island unemployment benefits and Covid-19: http://www.dlt.ri.gov/pdfs/COVID-19%20Workplace%20Fact%20Sheet%204.8.2020.pdf

State Clinical Trials Law

The ACA requires that most, non-grandfathered, group health plans provide coverage for the routine costs when participating in clinical trials. Some states have more consumer protections. Click here for more information about clinical trials.

R.I. Gen. Laws §§27-18-36.2, 27-19-32.2, 27-20-27.2, 27-41-41.2 – The statutes apply to private insurers and specified managed care plans.  These organizations must extend coverage to new cancer therapies under investigation.

Phases II, III and IV clinical trials are covered.  The study must be approved by one of the following:  (1) NIH in cooperation with NCI, (2) a community clinical oncology program, (3) U.S. F.D.A. in the form of an investigational new drug application, (4) U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, or (5) a qualified research entity that meets the criteria set forth by the NCI for cancer center support grants.  The treatment and drugs being evaluated must be preferable to non-investigational alternatives.  Furthermore, clinical and pre-clinical data must exist to show the efficacy of the experimental treatment.  The trials must involve expert physicians, and the proposed therapy must have been reviewed and approved by an IRB.  Note: Any portion of a Phase II trial already funded by the government, biotechnical/pharmaceutical industry or manufacturers of medical devices shall continue to be so funded. (Updated 1/2011)

http://law.justia.com/codes/rhode-island/2013/title-27/chapter-27-18/section-27-18-74

Paid Family Sick Leave

  • Who’s eligible? All employees, provided that they have been paid at least $12,600 in the base period or $2,100 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 first 30 days after the first day of leave is taken here. You must also give your employer written notice at least 30 days ahead of time, unless circumstances are unforeseen.