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Lt. Gov. Roberts and The Rhode Island Foundation to Release Latest Numbers and Costs of the State's Uninsured

New study funded by the Foundation on Rhode Islanders without health insurance, future projections for the uninsured and costs of the uninsured for all Rhode Islanders

PROVIDENCE— The Rhode Island Foundation and Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts will release the latest findings on the number of Rhode Islanders who are without health insurance, and the cost burden of the uninsured at a public forum Monday, March 15, at 5:30 p.m. at the Rhode Island Foundation in Providence.

"Getting Everyone Into the Pool: A look at the uninsured in Rhode Island, projections for the future, and the costs to the system," will present the most recent data from Deborah Chollet of Mathematica Policy Research and independent consultant Deborah Faulkner on the number of families and individuals that are currently uninsured in Rhode Island, and projections of what it costs all Rhode Islanders to provide medical care to the uninsured.

"Getting Everyone Into the Pool" is the second in a series of public forums “Making It Work, Health Care Reform in Rhode Island” that will define what Rhode Islanders want their health care system to be and how to get it there, while responsibly bringing down the rapidly escalating costs of health care. “Making It Work” brings together key stakeholders including business and community leaders, medical providers, insurers, educators, consumer advocates and policy makers, to chart the course for a new, affordable, high quality health care system in Rhode Island.

The Rhode Island Foundation, Rhode Island’s only community foundation, is the largest supporter of nonprofit organizations in the state. The Foundation works to build a better Rhode Island as a philanthropic resource for people, communities, organizations and programs. Through its Fund for a Healthy Rhode Island, the Foundation has made significant investments in improving access to quality primary care for all Rhode Islanders.

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Department or agency: Elizabeth Roberts, Office of the Lieutenant Governor

Online: http://www.ltgov.state.ri.us/

Release date: 03-12-2010

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