About this resource
Here's a quick overview of what every young person in foster care should know about accessing resources:
Your rights in foster care
Generally, this is what federal law says about the health care you may qualify for while transitioning out of foster care until you reach age 26.
Healthcare for former foster youth to age 26
Former foster youth are eligible for free healthcare under a provision of the Affordable Care Act which grants Medicaid to former foster youth who qualify until age 26. The provision requires states to provide youth under 26 with free healthcare or Medicaid if they were in foster care on their 18th birthday or qualify in the state they are applying in. This is meant to ensure that former foster youth can access the health care services they need, just like a non-foster youth who can stay on their parents' insurance plans until 26.
There are other Medicaid plans available under Chafee, income, or if you are pregnant, or parenting.
if you have additional questions or have difficulty applying for Medicaid for former foster youth under this provision email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-717-1552.
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