AdvoCasey: Spring 2001

Heavy Duty

Posted March 21, 2001
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
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This issue of AdvoCasey examines options for providing tax breaks to those who need them most — poor and near-poor working families. Readers will also learn about critical housing needs nationwide and specific state-based efforts to connect residents to health care and better child care options.   

AdvoCasey is a seasonal Casey newsletter with themed issues that spotlight programs and policies making measurable differences in the lives of kids and families.

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Key Takeaway

Rhode Island has emerged as a leader in connecting low-income working families with health insurance

In 1994, Rhode Island launched RIte Care, a public health insurance program that now serves low- and moderate-income working families. The program’s successes are striking. In 1999, just 7% of Rhode Islanders lacked health insurance — the lowest uninsurance rate in the nation. Equally impressive: 90% of 2-year-olds had received their basic immunizations, and the proportion of women receiving adequate prenatal care via state-purchased insurance improved, jumping from 58% in 1994 to 70% in 1998.