Rhode Island Temporary Caregiver Insurance

As of January 5, 2014, Rhode Island began accepting Temporary Caregiver Insurance (TCI) claims after the program was established last July by House Bill 5889. TCI provides up to four weeks of benefits and pays up to $752 per week to claimants who require time off for at least seven continuous days to bond with a new baby or care for a seriously ill parent, child, domestic partner, spouse, grandparent or parent-in-law. Though Rhode Island has just implemented its paid family leave program, California and New Jersey both have such programs in place.

California became the first state to implement a paid family leave program, and it provides up to six weeks of benefits to employees who require time off work to bond with a new baby or care for a seriously ill spouse, child, parent or registered domestic partner. Beginning July 1, 2014, the newly expanded definition of family member will become effective to include grandparents, grandchildren, siblings and parents-in-law.

New Jersey was the second state to begin operating its paid family leave program, called Family Leave Insurance (FLI), which was integrated with New Jersey’s existing Temporary Disability Insurance program. FLI provides up to six weeks of benefits to bond with a new baby or care for a seriously ill child, spouse, domestic partner, civil union partner or parent.

Though Washington has passed legislation that establishes its paid family leave program, the program’s implementation has been delayed until 2015. Unlike California, New Jersey and Rhode Island, Washington has no statutory disability program and thus no existing vehicle through which to fund its paid family leave benefit.