Brief

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, youth transitioning out of foster care can now receive Medicaid coverage up to age 26. This brief highlights the policy change and shares seven ways that states and agencies can work to improve both health insurance access and health outcomes among recent foster care alums.

May 4, 2013

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    Statistics on the medical needs of former foster youth.

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    Which former foster youth are eligible for extended Medicaid coverage.

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    Tips to ensure that all eligible youth are enrolled.

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    Steps to help these youth maintain health insurance after turning 26.

Key Takeaway

Too many former foster youth have lacked access to medical careā€¦until now

Per the Affordable Care Act, states must now offer extended Medicaid coverage to young people who were in foster care on or after their 18th birthday. This change  – which requires access to full benefits until age 26 — applies to any youth who turned 18 in foster care since 2007.

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