Hello, young people! Below are some great contacts to help answer questions and resolve issues:
FosterClub has a dedicated team of folks to help you find what you need in New York. Call them at 503-717-1552 or email them here. They can help you find resources to help you transition to adulthood and connect you to leadership opportunities.
For problems or complaints, contact New York's Ombudsman, at 1-212-669-7200.
Healthcare for Former Foster Youth (FFY).Did you know that former foster youth have access to free Medicaid after they turn 18 until their 26th birthday? Qualification for FFY to access Medicaid is not dependant on employment or education status. Check out #Healthcare FFY for more information about this program!
If you aged out of care in New York, you should not need to apply!
If you have questions, ask your caseworker!For more detailed information, check out this brochure about Medicaid til 26 in New York!
If you did not age out of care in New York, you can apply for Medicaid online, by phone, or in-person.
New York does not have a foster-specific application.
Since you should be automatically enrolled in coverage as you age out of care, you do not need to apply!
If you did not age out of foster care in New York, check the “How can I apply?” section for information on applying for Medicaid as a non-former foster youth.
New York has auto-coverage renewal!This means that, once you have Medicaid under the former foster youth category, your coverage will be continuous until the month of your 26 birthday. There is no need for you to re-apply!
New York has auto-enrollment!This means that, if you aged out of foster care in New York, you do not need to complete a new application before you are able to receive health care coverage. As you age out of care, New York’s data system should automatically identify you as eligible and transfer you to the Medicaid til 26 category. Make sure to ask your caseworker about this process!
New York does not provide coverage to relocators.This means that, if you were in care in another state and then moved to New York, you would not be eligible for Medicaid til 26. You may still be able to get health insurance through…
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