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For information about Medicaid Renewals, please visit https://staycovered.ri.gov/
Please note Call Center hours for the week of Thanksgiving. The Call Center will be open normal business hours on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, Nov. 20-22. The Call Center will be closed on Thursday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, though self-service options will remain accessible, including the Customer Portal (healthyrhode.ri.gov), and mobile app. The Call Center will not take incoming calls on Friday for processing work, normally completed on Wednesdays. Please plan accordingly and Happy Thanksgiving!
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To receive assistance through this program:
Because the overall goal of RIW Program is to encourage families to work and become self-sufficient, parents who work may still qualify for cash assistance and other help, including health care coverage, child care subsidies, and SNAP benefits (food assistance).
DHS employment and career advisors work with parents to develop an employment plan that outlines activities they must do to improve their success in the job market.
Most parents will first be required to search for employment. Single parents must work or prepared for work an average of 20 or 30 hours per week depending on the age of the youngest child. Job training and education may be recommended.
The amount of money your family receives depends on your income, household size and housing situation. Eligible families may receive:
Larger households will also receive an increased benefit. Families are given less per month if they receive subsidized housing assistance. For more information about the increase, subsidized housing benefit amounts and how this increase may impact other benefits RIW recipients receive, go here.
Applicants may have up to $5,000 in resources (their home is excluded) and may have one vehicle for each adult in the household, but no more than two vehicles per household.
In families consisting of two parents, one or both parents are required to work or be engaged in work activities as an individual or combined total of at least 35 hours per week. If the family uses a child care subsidy, both parents must work or prepare for work a total of 55 hours per week.
Parents or pregnant girls younger than 18 who wish to receive cash assistance must live at home with a parent or legal guardian, or if this is to be found inappropriate, with a caretaker relative, legal guardian, or in a supervised supportive living arrangement approved and monitored by the Teen and Family Development Program. In most cases, the cash payment is given to the parent, relative, or the legal guardian on behalf of the minor parent. In addition, the minor parents must participate in secondary education.
Parents are allowed to keep the first $300 of earnings per month without receiving less cash assistance from the state. After the first $300 in earnings, the cash benefit is reduced $1 for every $2 earned.
The money that a dependent child earns is not included. Changes in earned income of $100 or more per month must be reported.
Adults can receive cash assistance for up to 60-months before reaching the lifetime limit. Generally, children will receive cash assistance only while the parents are receiving cash assistance.
One half of the monthly cash benefit is issued to eligible families twice a month through an electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card. With your EBT card, you can withdraw cash at bank ATMs and supermarkets like you would a debit card.
You can apply using the online Customer Portal, by phone (number below) or by filling out a paper application. All can be found on our Apply Now page.
Call 1-855-MY-RIDHS (1-855-697-4347) or TTY 1-800-745-5555 (for hearing impaired).