KIDS COUNT Report: R.I. insured rate 3rd best in U.S.; challenges include opioid births, mental health needs

The RI KIDS COUNT Fact book places RI among the three highest in the U.S. for the percentage of children with health insurance, at 98 percent. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND KIDS COUNT
The RI KIDS COUNT Fact book places RI among the three highest in the U.S. for the percentage of children with health insurance, at 98 percent. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND KIDS COUNT
PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island boasts 98 percent of children covered by health insurance, but child health challenges include newborns whose mothers used opioids, the popularity of E-cigarettes and a growing need for mental health services, according to the 24th annual Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Factbook. The 2018 Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook, released Monday, charts improvements…

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