Sunday, March 27, 2011
Did you know that:
- Each year 26,000 youth emancipate from foster care on their 18th birthday and often lose critical Medicaid health coverage?
- Former foster youth experience Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder at six times the rate of their peers in the general population, and twice the rate of veterans returning from war?
- Only 57% of former foster youth have health coverage at ages 23 and 24 --- as compared to 78% percent of their same-age peers without a foster care history?
Beginning January 2014, Medicaid eligibility will be extended to cover children formerly in foster care who are under the age of 26.