About this resource
Additional information for current or former foster youth: https://dhcf.dc.gov/service/former-foster-care-youth
Medicaid is basic health insurance that is available to foster youth or former foster youth who are eligible. The information provided should help you apply. To be eligible for DC Medicaid, you must be a resident of the District of Columbia and complete an application online.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires states to provide young adults under 26 with free health care if they were in foster care at age 18 or older. This ensures that former foster youth can access the health care services they need – just like non-foster youth who can stay on their parents’ insurance plans until 26.