Keeping Rhode Islanders healthy for almost 30 years

Learn more about our $0 plans and The UnitedHealthcare difference.  

Helping people is at the heart of all we do

You’ll find UnitedHealthcare serving members and communities across Rhode Island. Helping our members get the care they need – and working closely with local groups to help our communities grow even stronger and healthier.

We offer many plans to help Rhode Islanders get healthy. And stay healthy. In addition to our Medicaid plans, our Dual Special Needs Plan is for those who qualify for both Medicaid and Medicare.

Plus, we offer one of the largest provider networks in Rhode Island. This gives you more options to choose the doctors and specialists that fit your health care needs.

COVID-19 Vaccination Guide


Is the COVID-19  vaccination safe?

  • Learn how the vaccine is safe
  • Schedule an appointment to get a COVID-19 vaccination at $0 

Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?

Over 63 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered in the United States from December 14, 2020, through February 21, 2021.

COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. COVID-19 vaccines were evaluated in tens of thousands of participants in clinical trials. The vaccines met FDA’s rigorous scientific standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality needed to support emergency use authorization (EUA). Learn more about EUAs in this video.

Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines, and these vaccines will undergo the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history. This monitoring includes using both established and new safety monitoring systems to make sure that COVID-19 vaccines are safe.

Learn more facts about COVID-19 vaccines.


What to expect when you get the vaccine

  • Learn about the 2 doses to the COVID-19 vaccination
  • Understand symptoms after being vaccinated

What should I do if I have a side effect from the COVID-19 vaccine?

As with other vaccines and according to the CDC, people report some side effects with the FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines. The side effects may feel like the flu and might even affect your ability to do daily activities. But they should go away in a few days.

In the event of an emergency, you should call 911 or go to the nearest hospital. 

If you have side effects that bother you or do not go away, you should report them to your vaccination provider or primary care provider. You should also let the CDC know by calling 1-800-822-7967 or using the CDC’s v-safe mobile app. This will help you watch for side effects and get second-dose reminders. 

Learn more facts about COVID-19 vaccines. 


Where can I get vaccinated in Rhode Island?

  • Find a vaccination center 
  • See if you are eligible and schedule an appointment to get a COVID-19 vaccination at $0 

How do I get the COVID-19 vaccine in Rhode Island?

Similar to COVID-19 testing in Rhode Island, there are different ways to get vaccinated in Rhode Island. The three main ways that people can get vaccinated are: State vaccination sites, designated local pharmacies, and other local and regional vaccination sites, like clinics run by cities and towns,  hospitals , community health centers, and other sites in the community. Every vaccination site follows the same population eligibility criteria. However, some will move through their priority populations at different speeds due to population size and operational capacity.

How do I make an appointment to get the COIVD-19 ?

Please go to covid.ri.gov/vaccination to learn how to get a vaccine at a state-run site, a local pharmacy, or at a local or regional vaccine site. Please note: To get vaccinated in Rhode Island, you must live in Rhode Island, work in Rhode Island, or go to school in Rhode Island.

Learn more facts about COVID-19 vaccines. 

Announcement

  • If you received information from reminding you to take action to renew your benefits, make sure to take the necessary steps. Don’t let your coverage end. It’s too important. 
  • Check out our KidsHealth® websiteA free online resource with articles and videos on hundreds of topics, including asthma, diabetes, nutrition, and exercise.

Featured Programs


UnitedHealthcare Healthy First Steps®

Build a healthy future for you and your baby, and earn great rewards. Our UnitedHealthcare Healthy First Steps® program helps keep you and your baby healthy during pregnancy and your baby’s first 15 months of life.

We will help you:

  • Choose a pregnancy provider and a pediatrician (child’s doctor).
  • Schedule visits and exams and arrange rides to your visits.
  • Earn rewards for going to visits throughout your pregnancy and baby’s first 15 months of life.
  • Get supplies, including breast pumps for nursing moms.
  • Connect with community resources such as Women, Infants and Children (WIC) services.

Behavioral Health Services

Behavioral health is as important as physical health. That’s why we have coverage for both.

Required care is 100% covered with no co-pay, including testing and diagnosis, behavioral therapy and medication.

Behavioral health services can help you with personal problems that may affect you and/or your family. These problems may be stress, depression, anxiety or using drugs or alcohol. We can help. 


Get Rewarded for Healthy Activities

Introducing UnitedHealthcare myMoney ConnectTM, a new program available exclusively to UnitedHealthcare Community Plan Medicaid Apple Health Members.1

myMoney Connect™ is a wellness rewards program, combined with a reloadable prepaid debit MasterCard® Card (“Card”).2 The UnitedHealthcare myMoney Connect™ Card features:

a.  Rewards for doing health-related activities such as going to your annual checkups, getting recommended screenings, and getting your child’s checkups and immunizations on time.

b. The rewards are loaded right to your Card. You can use them just like cash to buy the things you need.3

c. You can also use it as a reloadable prepaid debit card to load your own funds and make purchases and payments anywhere MasterCard is accepted in the United States.

This benefit is available to members of: UnitedHealthcare Community Plan.

1. Some restrictions apply. Available reward options may vary by member. Bonus wellness activities are limited to four per year per Card. You must have Medicaid coverage at the time of service through UnitedHealthcare Community Plan in Washington in order to qualify for wellness rewards. Only one reward is payable for each service provided. This program may change or end at any time. If you no longer qualify for Medicaid or for any reason are no longer covered by UnitedHealthcare Community Plan, you are no longer eligible to earn wellness rewards dollars. See UHCmyMoneyConnect.com for full program rules and restrictions. 

2. The UnitedHealthcare myMoney Connect™ card (“Card”) is a prepaid card product of Optum Bank, Inc., Member FDIC, and issued under license from MasterCard®. Please see the complete Terms and Conditions for further details with respect to the Card.

3. Wellness reward dollars work like cash but cannot be converted to cash. Reward dollars can be spent at retail stores or for products or services that fall into predetermined categories. Use of rewards for purchasing alcohol and cigarettes is prohibited. See UHCmyMoneyConnect.com for Wellness Rewards Spending Rules.


SafeLink Phone Program

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You may be eligible to receive a free cell phone and 350 monthly minutes, unlimited text messages and free calls to UnitedHealthcare Community Plan Member Services. 

To find out more information, visit safelink.com.


Healthy First Steps®

When you’re pregnant, you receive help and advice from your mom, aunts, sisters and girlfriends. Yet every pregnancy is different. This program will support you through your pregnancy. 

Get pregnancy and parenting support.

We can help you:

• Find a doctor for both mother and baby.

• Learn about nutrition, fitness and safety.

• Get supplies, including breast pumps for nursing moms.


Quit For Life® Program

Tobacco is bad for you. Quitting is good for you. We can help.

Get coaching and online support to help you quit tobacco. It’s one of the best things you can do for your health.

Get assistance deciding which type of nicotine substitute or medication is right for you. All at no cost to you.


Boys & Girls Club Membership

If your child is a member (ages 6-17), they are eligible for a free annual Boys & Girls Club membership at participating clubs. 

The Boys & Girls Clubs in Washington give kids a safe and comfortable place to spend their free time. They are open when schools are not, and provide a positive environment for building relationships, developing character and having fun. The membership includes after-school programs, mentoring and homework assistance.


Health4Me™ Mobile App

This free mobile app allows you to access key information on the go. You can search for nearby doctors, view your member handbook or view your member ID card. 

The Health4Me mobile app can be downloaded to an Apple® or Android® smartphone or tablet.

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HealthTalk Member Newsletter

Our HealthTalk newsletter is now online. The newsletters are a great way to learn about our health plan and important health topics.

You can read it whenever, wherever you want. Check back quarterly for a new edition.

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Health Education

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Healthy weight. Getting exercise.

Losing weight does not have to be hard. Getting more exercise is one of the best ways. Try to get 60 minutes or more of exercise every day. It doesn’t have to mean doing hard exercises or going to the gym every day. Just move your body. Here are some ideas:

Move! Dancing to your favorite tunes can help you burn more than 300 calories an hour. 

If you do play video games, play interactive ones where you have to move. You don’t even have to leave the house to move – try exercises like jumping jacks, marching in place, going up and down stairs, push-ups or sit-ups at home.

Walk! Take a walk with a friend outside. Walk your dog or your neighbor’s dog, or walk your cat! Instead of driving, walk or bike to school or a friend’s house.

Clean! Vacuum your room. Wash the car. Mow the lawn. Your parents will be happy, and it’s another chance for you to get more exercise, and maybe even have some fun.

Unplug! Limit your time watching TV or using your smartphone, computer or other device. Keep screen time to less than two hours a day. When you do watch TV or use your phone – try marching in place or exercising while you watch/play.

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Healthy weight. Healthy eating.

Healthy Weight. Healthy You.

When you eat more calories than you use, your body stores the extra calories as fat. A few extra pounds are not bad for most people, but too many extra pounds and too much body fat can be bad for your health.* Doctors call this being “overweight” or “obese.”

Doctors use a measurement called body mass index (BMI), using your height and your weight to determine how much body fat you have. The best way to stay at a healthy weight or to lose weight is to make good food choices. Here are some easy ways to do that every day:

  • Try to eat more vegetables and fruit than any other type of food whenever possible.
  • Choose low-calorie foods or smaller portions when eating out.
  • Pick healthy side dishes like apple slices or apple sauce instead of Ffrench fries. If you are really craving fries, try eating something healthy like a salad, apple slices or apple sauce first, then split a small portion of fries with a few other people.
  • Drink water or milk instead of soda.
  • Check the label – can you recognize all of the ingredients? If not, it might have a lot of extra stuff you don’t need, so look for other options. Try nuts or whole grain crackers instead of chips.
  • Try replacing sugary snacks with things like yogurt or dried fruit (without added sugar). If you have a sweet tooth, try a small portion of your favorite sweet only once a day.

Depression

Depression is a real illness. It can be treated.

You can feel like yourself again. Depression is an illness like diabetes or heart disease. The first step is to accept that you need help. The second step is to talk to your doctor.

Common signs of depression can include:

• Feeling unhappy, down or sad every day or feeling worthless, guilty, helpless or hopeless. 
• Loss of interest in hobbies, activities and people you once enjoyed.
• Trouble sleeping or sleeping more than usual, or feeling tired, weak or low in energy.
• Loss of appetite or eating too much.
• Having trouble concentrating, remembering or making decisions.
• Thinking or talking about suicide.

Find out more online at liveandworkwell.com.


How stress affects you

When you're stressed, your body knows it. Your heart starts pounding and your muscles tense. Everyone has stress in their life now and then. But chronic stress can have negative effects on both your physical and your mental health. 

It can affect:
Digestion. Stress slows the release of stomach acid and causes the colon to work faster. This can result in stomachaches or diarrhea.

Heart rate and blood vessels. Your heart rate, blood pressure and cholesterol may increase. This raises your risk for
heart attacks and strokes.

Immune system. Stress makes wounds heal slower. You’re also more likely to get colds and infections.

Weight. Stress makes you crave fats and carbohydrates. If you gain weight in your abdominal area, you’re at greater
risk for heart disease and diabetes.

Mental health. Stress makes you tense and anxious. This can lead to depression, headaches or other problems such as trouble sleeping.

Regain your balance. If stress has taken over your life, here are some ideas to regain control:

Make time for regular exercise. Check with your doctor to see what types of exercise are right for you.

  • Do things you enjoy.
  • Learn how to relax. 
  • Treat yourself well.

If your stress is still an issue, talk with your doctor. He or she can recommend someone who can help you find other ways to manage your stress.

Find out more online at liveandworkwell.com


Depression medication

Questions, answers and helpful advice.

Be sure to see your doctor regularly. Especially when you first start taking a depression medicine. Or when the dose is changed.

How do I know my medicine is working?

Be patient. Give it time to work. Most people start to feel better after several weeks. You should feel less tired or worried, little by little. It may take a while to get the full benefits of your medicine.