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Rhode Island state budget kicking 2,000 off health care plan

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Associated Press,Rhode Island,Health Care

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Rhode Island state budget is kicking nearly 2,000 low-income parents off a health care plan.

State officials told The Providence Journal the parents will lose their coverage Friday under an effort to reduce enrollment in Rite Care, the state-financed health plan for poor families.

This year's state budget aimed to save $6 million by lowering the income eligibility threshold for parents in Rite Care. Officials expected the estimated 6,500 adults who would lose coverage to enroll in new plans using the state's new insurance exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act.

But officials say about 2,000 of those parents still haven't enrolled in new plans.

State Secretary of Health and Human Services Steven Costantino says he's trying to extend the enrollment period for those parents by two weeks.

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