State Government Press Releases

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03/23/2020
On March 18, 2020, Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act implementing several initiatives to help mitigate the negative impact of COVID-19. As a result of this legislation, the following are changes to the ABAWD policy. SNAP recipients who are age 18 through 49 who are...
03/20/2020
The RI Department of Human Services (DHS) is committed to helping its customers get the resources they need while the State responds to coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). If more is needed beyond what can be received with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food assistance benefits, here...
03/20/2020
CRANSTON, RI - The RI Department of Human Services (DHS) has been working to ensure we can serve our shared customers under the unusual and ever-changing time of coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). Below are some of the steps we've taken to maintain benefits and supports to our vulnerable neighbors while...
03/16/2020
As news about the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) continues to develop, I want share with you the steps we are taking at the RI Department of Human Services to prepare and keep you connected to the services and benefits you need. The Governor announced in an afternoon press conference on Monday,
03/16/2020
In an abundance of caution, the State of RI is now advising all child care programs (both family child care and center-based providers) to close effective March 16, 2020, for the week. Child care providers were notified over the weekend. We understand the impact this will have on working families,...
03/16/2020
As news about the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) continues to develop, I want to share with you the steps we are taking at the RI Department of Human Services to prepare and keep you connected to the services and benefits you need. I want to stress that the health and safety of our customers...
03/02/2020
Visit the Rhode Island Department of Health's dedicated website (link below to health.ri.gov/ncov) for the latest news and resources on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), a virus strain that has only spread in people since December 2019. Available in multiple languages, the news and...
02/24/2020
For most people, there is no time limit for how long residents can receive SNAP benefits, yet federal rules do limit this food assistance to 3 months in a 36-month period for people age 18 through 49 who are able to work and have no dependents, also known as ABAWDs. Federal regulations allow State...
02/03/2020
State Medicaid Programs are no longer required to send out Form Ten Ninety-Five B (1095B) for Medicaid enrollees. This is due to the changes in the federal mandate requiring individuals to have healthcare coverage. Therefore, you will not be mailed a Form 1095B for tax year 2019. If you still...
12/23/2019
The Department of Human Services (DHS) has recently added two additional resources to further help our customers and others assisting our customers with the benefits and programs they need to thrive at home, work and in the community. If you are helping a loved one or resident living in your...