The Affordable Care Act

Implications for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Center for the Study of Social Policy

May 4, 2013

Summary

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.

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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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