• December 2015
  • Vol. 16, No. 9

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Tips and Tools: Increasing Coverage for Children, Youth, and Families

Many of the children, youth, and families that come in contact with State and Tribal child welfare agencies are in need of health-care services. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) opens new pathways to eligibility and provisions that support children, youth, young adults, and caregivers—including birth parents, foster parents, relative guardians, and adoptive parents—in accessing health-care services. Title IV-B and IV-E agencies can provide support and assistance to ensure these populations apply for and receive the health insurance coverage they need and for which they are eligible.

During the 2016 ACA open enrollment period, the Child Welfare Capacity Building Center for States is making information available for child welfare agencies and community-based organizations to raise awareness of how the ACA provides health-care opportunities for those in contact or at risk of contact with the child welfare system, as well as for young adults who have transitioned out of foster care.

To help agencies and community-based organizations understand the ways these individuals or families may be eligible for health insurance coverage and to assist eligible persons in applying for and receiving coverage, the Center for States is connecting child welfare staff to a series of resources and information.  For more information, visit https://capacity.childwelfare.gov/states/info/aca.

Among the resources are a recently released Information Memorandum (ACYF-CB-IM-15-08) on Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) eligibility and new ACA provisions, enrollment tip sheets, promotional tools for agencies to point visitors to the Federal Government's health insurance marketplace, and links to additional health insurance-related topics and guidance.

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