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Making Healthcare Access Easier for Young People Leaving Foster Care

Aug 10, 2015

In this article, ICF experts provide an overview of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance eligibility options for youth formerly in foster care and practical tips for youth-serving professionals on how these young people can maintain health coverage when they leave foster care.

Unlike young people who grow up in their biological families' homes and can remain on their parents' health insurance policies until age 26, for the most part, young people who leave foster care have no such safety net. Helping young people understand the importance of health insurance and maintaining their physical, mental, emotional, and behavioral wellness is a key step in ensuring that those exiting foster care are best equipped to tackle the opportunities of adulthood.