TDI/TCI Quick Reference for Qualified Healthcare Providers (QHPs)
TDI is income support for individuals out of work for non-work related illness or injury; TCI is income support (up to 4 weeks) for individuals out of work to care for seriously ill child, spouse, domestic partner, parent, parent-in-law, or grandparent, or to bond with a new born child, adopted child or foster child. TDI/TCI are financed entirely by payroll deductions.
Qualified Healthcare Providers Defined by law
- Midwives, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Physicians, Psychologists and Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers-(lCSW) and Licensed Independent Clinical Social Workers-(LICSW) are Qualified Healthcare Providers and can certify as to the inability of individuals to perform their regular or customary work, due to sickness.
Non-Monetary Eligibility Requirement to collect TDI/TCI
- Certification by a Qualified Healthcare Provider (QHP) that an individual is unable to work for at least 7 consecutive days.
About Fraud and Misrepresentation Prevention
- TDI will be working closely with both the Dept. of Health and the Dept. of Labor and Training's Fraud Unit to prevent and detect any potential misuse of program funds. If you suspect and or would like to report fraud, please call (401) 462-1522.
Rules of the Road from the RI Dept. of Health Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline
- The Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline worked with state auditors to investigate potential misuse of the TDI evaluation system. A pattern emerged, revealing how some patients have annually received certifications for TDI at times that coincide with traditional seasonal layoffs for certain occupations. Click here to read the brief.
TDI and Workers' Compensation (WC):
- TDI and WC cannot be received for the same weeks
- WC claim must be filed if the illness/injury occurred on the job
- If WC claim is contested, a TDI claim can be filed
- TDI is reimbursed if WC then pays for the weeks TDI has been paid
TDI and Unemployment Insurance (UI):
- TDI and UI cannot be received for the same weeks
- UI must be reimbursed if UI was paid for weeks TDI should have been paid.
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For eligibility to begin the first day he/she is disabled the patient must have an in-office examination by a licensed QHP that week, the week before or the week after, the disability began. A contact with the QHP via a telephone call is not acceptable by TDI law as a timely examination by a licensed QHP.
Additionally, the patient may be asked to make an appointment with an impartial medical examiner if we believe an exam is necessary. Benefits will be stopped if the claimant does not make or keep the appointment with the impartial medical examiner.
- Provide patient medical reports when requested by TDI
- For TCI, applicants are responsible for obtaining required medical documentation and supporting documents requested by TDI from the care recipient's (seriously ill family member) QHP.
This includes obtaining the care recipient's signature on any QHP required release of information forms. TDI will not be requesting this information directly from the QHP. TDI will provide the claimant with the required form and the claimant will be bringing the form to your office to complete and mail or fax back to TDI to process.
All release of information forms will need to be obtained from the QHP's office directly from the patient.
Resources + Statistics
Email TDI at DLT.TDI@dlt.ri.gov or call the Qualified Healthcare Providers line at