Important Update - effective January 16, 2023
The high COVID-19 and Flu rates this winter are creating a higher than usual demand for sick care and are creating staff and medical provider shortages. Therefore, effective January 16th, most adult physicals and new primary care medical appointments will be postponed until spring. You will receive a phone call with additional information if this impacts you.
Though we are experiencing staff and provider shortages, the care and safety of our patients and employees are a priority. This was not an easy decision, but it is necessary in order for us to prioritize the care for our sick and vulnerable patients.
As a reminder, we have same day sick visits available for new patients on a limited basis and by appointment. We will continue to accommodate newborn and obstetrical care as well as dental and behavioral health care.
Cover All Kids
Every child deserves health care. Beginning July 1, 2022, ALL income eligible kids (under age 19) in Rhode Island can enroll in RIte Care (Medicaid) Health insurance coverage, regardless of immigration status, including children who are undocumented and DACA recipients. Enrolling in RIte Care coverage does NOT have an impact on your immigration status or immigration applications for your child or anyone in your family. RIte Care coverage includes doctor’s visits, annual school wellness exams, prescriptions, mental health care, hospital care, and more.
3 WAYS TO APPLY
- Apply over the phone at Health Source RI call center CALL 1-855-840-4774 (For Spanish Press 2. An interpreter is available for other languages. Press 1 and say what language you need.)
- Apply with a Navigator at Blackstone Valley Community Health Care by calling 401-722-0081 or Call 2-1-1 to find a Navigator in your community. Navigators speak many languages
- Apply online - Visit Healthyrhode.ri.gov
Medicaid Members, is your address up-to-date?
We want to make sure you and your family receive important information about your health care coverage. It is important that your address is up-to-date and that you read everything you get in the mail from the State of Rhode Island and from your health plan.
If you have moved in the last three years, you can update your address by:
> Logging into your HealthSource RI account: https://healthyrhode.ri.gov/
or Contacting your health plan:
> Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island (800)-459-6019 (TTY 711) or visit www.nhpri.org
> Tufts Health Plan (866)-738-4116 (TTY 711) or visit TuftsHealthPlan.com/RIMember
> United Healthcare Community Plan (800)-587-5187 (TTY 711) or visit myuhc.com
COVID-19 Vaccine's is available and safe for children 6 months and older! Hear from our very own Dr. Elizabeth Gomes Texeira.
For more information from the CDC, click here
FDA authorizes second booster doses. If you are a patient, please call to schedule your booster shot today! For more information click here
Covid Testing Update for BVCHC Patients, click here
If you need a COVID-19 test for TRAVEL purposes only, click here
Blackstone Valley Community Health Care is a member of a National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC). Health Centers like ours started as part of the Civil Rights Movement in the late 1960s and we stand behind with NACHC, our Community and this statement. National Association of Community Health Center's statement, from Tom Van Coverden, President & CEO, and Lathran J. Woodard, Board Chair of the National Association of Community Health Centers, on the Death of George Floyd:
"A Call For Change For All Americans
Community Health Centers stand with all Americans condemning the horrific killing of George Floyd in Minnesota. We are distressed, angry and afraid – especially for the men and women of color in the nation who face harm and discrimination simply by going about their daily lives. Because a 17 year-old girl bravely recorded this brutal murder at the hands of the police – no one – not even the most callous or indifferent – can now ignore what has been neglected and shunned aside in America for far too long. Mr. Floyd’s death, and the scores of those who have suffered similar fates, sadly are a part of a historical legacy of injustice and racism that pervades and is ingrained in our society. Born out of the civil rights and social justice movement of the 1960s, the nation’s Community Health Centers serve to this day as advocates for quality care and health equity for all. As community-based health care providers to 30 million people in over 14,000 medically underserved communities across America, we are first-hand witnesses to the direct effect of violence, stress, physical and mental abuse on the health and well-being of our patients – people on the receiving end of racism and discrimination because of the color of their skin, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, income level or insurance status. We as a nation must do more if we are to believe and hold true to the principles of our democracy. And we must do it together. We must usher in real change to protect and improve the lives of all people – from our local policing practices to our judicial and legal systems, to our educational institutions, to our health care systems. Most importantly, we must move forward public policies at local, state and national levels that reflect the true needs and priorities of a country in crisis. Community Health Centers were created for and by the communities they serve. We are ready to work for real change. We are the catalyst for real change in this country; if not us, then who?"
On behalf of Raymond Lavoie, Executive Director, and the Leadership team at Blackstone Valley Community Health Care, we stand where we've always stood: with our staff and with our patients.