Former foster youth are entitled to health care coverage up to the age of 26.
Why it matters
Youth in and from foster care deserve comprehensive medical support, including mental health care for trauma experienced in foster care. Prioritizing health care is crucial for young individuals, as unforeseen incidents can have long-term financial and educational repercussions. Medicaid ensures that Former Foster Youth up to age 26 receive essential health coverage, acknowledging the importance of accessible health care for them.
4 Reasons you should sign up for Medicaid health coverage for former foster youth:
It's Free. You can save your money for school, rent, food, and other things you need.
You are eligible 'til your 26th Birthday. Be sure to find out if you need to do anything to renew your coverage each year.
Coverage isn't based on income. Eligibility for Medicaid usually includes income requirements. There are no income requirements for former foster youth.
Your health is important! If you are not healthy, it is hard to meet a lot of your goals. Good health insurance and health care helps you stay healthy.
“I think that the need to do outreach is so important. Had it not been for some former foster youth campaigning and doing outreach I would not have found out that I could get insurance and I honestly don’t know if I would have still been here today.”
— Dashun Jackson, FosterClub Young Leader Spent 4 years in Nevada’s foster care system
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“I could have lost my health care if I had left New York to go to Texas for a surgery that I needed. Losing my health care could have jeopardized all of my hard work and progress toward earning my college degree.”
— Cody Rivera, FosterClub Young Leader Spent 12 years in New York’s Foster Care System