• December 2015
  • Vol. 16, No. 9

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Information Gateway Brief: Health-Care Coverage for Youth in Care

Noting that changes in the nation's health-care laws have increased access to and affordability of health care for some of our most vulnerable children and youth—those involved with child welfare—Child Welfare Information Gateway published an issue brief reviewing the eligibility pathways for children and youth in foster care to receive health-care coverage. The new brief explores how youth in foster care can access Medicaid or other coverage, as well as some of the benefits available to them through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The brief highlights health-care needs of children and youth in foster care, who is eligible for Medicaid and how, and other health-care coverage (non-Medicaid) benefits available to children and youth in foster care. A discussion of some ways that States and jurisdictions have addressed issues such as communicating the changed benefits to youth and ensuring that they receive optimal health-care coverage, in addition to links to tools for helping to inform youth and families about health-care options, is also provided.

Health-Care Coverage for Youth in Foster Care—and After is available on the Child Welfare Information Gateway website at https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/issue-briefs/health-care-foster/.

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