Covering Former Foster Youths

April 18, 2014 | Politico |  Link to article

COVERING FORMER FOSTER YOUTHS — A new report from child advocates at First Focus highlights the influence of states in determining whether former foster youths will have access to health care. The paper, written by experts at the Urban Institute and the Center for Law and Social Policy, points out that although coverage of youths aging out of foster care is mandatory up to age 26, states still hold huge sway in the way the policy is implemented. The paper recommends that states automatically enroll children who age out, conduct major outreach and education efforts and construct Medicaid benefits to meet the needs of former foster youths. The report:

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