COVID-19 has challenged the State in many new ways, and we likely have yet to realize many other obstacles. The need to physically distance ourselves for the health and safety of everyone has increased the need for public benefits for many Rhode Islanders, particularly those who have found themselves now out of work.
Not only is the State committed to protecting existing services, but we have worked tirelessly to respond to additional needs of our residents and our committed providers. Given we share many valued community partners, we plan to send combined, regular updates like this first one to all of you who help extend our reach throughout Rhode Island and amplify our news in the communities and vulnerable populations who need us most.
Please go to the What's New page (see link below) to see operational and policy steps taken to support benefit access for Rhode Islanders by our agencies. Given our work overlaps, such as is the case for Medicaid, there may be some duplication in each of our updates.