Sunday, October 17, 2010

No Extended Health Coverage Until Age 26 for Former Foster Youth until 2014



Have you ever wondered 
how emancipated foster care youth cope 
when their wisdom teeth come in 
and they have NO medical insurance?


Health Care Reform for Emancipated Foster Youth


Section 2004 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act which expands Medicaid coverage to former foster children up to age 26.  However, this provision will not be implemented until January 2014.

After January 1, 2014, all states will be required to extend Medicaid coverage to youth who have "aged out" of foster care. To qualify, individuals must have been enrolled in Medicaid while in foster care.

Health Legislation Related to the Fostering Connections Act

The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act previously gave states the option to expand coverage to youth who have aged out of the foster care system up to age 21.

In response, some states have introduced healthcare legislation related to the Fostering Connections act:
Additional Health Tools, Analyses and Research are available at the Fostering Connections Resource Center.

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Comments:
Lisa this is a step in the right direction. too bad that there will be such a long delay in getting benefits to those who need them most, especially in this economic climate.
 
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