Recognizing the need to provide parity of coverage for youth who age out of the foster care system, the ACA also extends Medicaid eligibility to age 26 to all youth who were on Medicaid in foster care on their 18th birthday or who aged out of foster care at a later age.
The extension of Medicaid to youth formerly in foster care will be a valuable lifeline for these vulnerable young people who have high health needs and are disproportionately likely to be uninsured. For this reason, it is important that Connecticut efficiently and effectively implement this Medicaid expansion".¹
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.
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