Congress specifically provided Medicaid coverage for former foster youth in healthcare reform until age 26, placing these young people on par with their peers who can stay on a parent’s insurance until age 26. This means critical health coverage for an especially vulnerable group of young adults, removing barriers to success in post-secondary education and employment that can result from unexpected health care costs, unmet medical needs, and unaffordable insurance premiums or co-payments.
There’s a catch. States only have to cover former foster youth who aged out of care within that state, and 37 states today refuse to cover former foster youth who moved from other states.
But there’s good news. The Health Insurance for Former Foster Youth Act of 2015 introduced in Congress by Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA), Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), and Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) would ensure all former foster youth are eligible for Medicaid until age 26, regardless of which state they move to.
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