February 05, 2014// News

Health Care for Foster Youth


Each year, over 20,000 youth age out of the foster care system in the U.S. Between 2,700 to 5,000 youth do so in California alone. These vulnerable youth too often lack adequate supports to make the transition to adulthood successfully. For example, they are much less likely than their peers to have health insurance, but tend to have more health care needs due to trauma experienced during childhood.

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, youth who were in foster care at age 18 or older now qualify for free health care until they turn 26. Previously, Medi-Cal coverage for former foster youth ended at age 21. The ACA’s extension of coverage to age 26 fills a critical need for former foster youth who haven’t had the same option as their peers to stay on a parent’s insurance plan.

Most former foster youth don’t know about this new and exciting opportunity.

Help us spread the word!

1.  Tell everyone you know about Coveredtil26.org. Children Now’s new youth-focused website provides current information about Medi-Cal coverage for former foster youth, including tips for youth on how to sign up and FAQs!
2. Download the Coveredtil26 flyer and factsheet. Print and hand out, post in your office and email to others.
3.  Request a training presentation. For more information contact:
Fatima Morales at fmorales@childrennow.org or Jessica Haspel at jhaspel@childrennow.org