About this resource

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. You may be eligible for medicaid if under the age of 26, and in foster care on your 18th birthday. There is an application online you can complete in order to apply or you can print an application and mail it to the address provided.


  • 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.