DCF Health Advocate Program 

Welcome to the Department of Children & Families Health Advocate website.  Navigating the complex and changing landscape of insurance and healthcare delivery services can be complicated and confusing.  There is help!  A team of Health Advocates at the Department of Children & Families are available to resolve insurance related problems and help ensure your DCF involved children and families have access to health care services at their point of need.

We invite you to explore the website. Learn how DCF Health Advocates can help you. Find answers to frequently asked questions.  Learn correct procedures. Get quick access to helpful resources and necessary forms.  Learn how to help adolescent youth transition to adulthood…. And much more.

Whether you are a DCF SW, nurse, manager, a youth involved with DCF or a person caring for a DCF child, our hope is that you will find the tools, up to date information and resources you need to make better connections with doctors and other healthcare providers, avoid potential billing problems and get the healthcare services that are needed.

We hope the Health Advocate website will be a valuable resource.  We will update information frequently so visit us as often as you can! 

Health Advocates Role
 
The Mission of the Health Advocate Unit is to facilitate access to healthcare services and improve health outcomes of the children/youth and the families we serve. This mission is accomplished by developing internal/external partnerships, education and active participation in planning throughout the DCF system of care.
 
Health Advocates provide real time assistance in resolving barriers to necessary health care services. In this role, Health Advocates are problem solvers and help assure DCF-involved children and their families have access to emergency, urgent and routine medical, dental, vision and mental health services at their time of need.   Health Advocates support front-line DCF staff, foster parents, families, community programs (including MDE clinics) and staff in congregate care settings, assisting their efforts to provide comprehensive health services.  Health Advocates are the link between DCF and community providers, insurance companies, state agencies, our congregate care sites and our CTDHP/CTBHP partners. 
 
With a focus on prevention, Health Advocates are currently developing systems that reduce the likelihood that barriers will arise which prevent access to timely healthcare services.

Insurance Coverage for Youth in Foster Care Though Age 26

At age 18, you can decide to stay involved with DCF or you can decide to leave DCF care.  You will need to complete a DCF-779 Form indicating your choice.  If you decide to stay involved with the agency, DCF will ensure you have medical coverage and access to the services you need.
 
If you decide to leave DCF care or you "age out" of DCF care, you may be eligible to receive Medicaid coverage until you are 26 years old.
 
On January 1, 2014, if you a) were in foster care in Connecticut on your 18th birthday or exited foster care after your 18th birthday, and b) were on Medicaid while in care, you will be eligible for Medicaid until your 26th birthday. ¹
 
Follow this link to learn about the Affordable Care Act.
 
¹ See, Kenny Feder and Sharon Langer, M.Ed., J.D. "Health Reform Provides New Health Coverage for Youth Formerly in Foster Care", CT Voices for Children. July 2013. Available at

Things to know about your insurance

You have a Husky health card in your name with your client ID #. You   may carry this card with you and should present it at all health appointments.
  • Covered services   
    • Dental exams= 2 X per year
    • Vision exams= 1 exam per year & complete glasses (frames & lenses) if needed
    • Prescriptions= most medications that a MD deems medically necessary are covered  
    • Condoms and birth control are covered
  • School-based health centers
    Many schools have health centers located within the school.  These centers can provide a variety of medical services, such as: physicals, flu shots & immunizations.
  • Know your PCP (primary care physician)    
    Asking questions- you should know the name and phone # of your doctor.  You should feel free to ask questions about your healthcare, treatments, medications and/or anything that you are unclear about.