Health Care for Former Foster Youth
If you aged out of foster care, you are eligible for health care until age 26*
You are young - so why should you worry about health care? Well - one injury or accident could impact your finances for years. If you don't get proper health care, it could impact your employment or education. And did you know health coverage can also help with mental health - including counseling to help deal with the trauma leading to foster care (or that you may have experienced while in foster care)? There are lots of reasons to make sure you are signed up - don't delay!
Read more about the law. Scroll down to find out how to access health care in your state.
4 Reasons to sign up:
It's Free to You.
You can save your money for school, rent, food, and other things you need.
Keep Your Coverage Up to Age 26.
Be sure to find out if you need to do anything to renew your coverage each year.
Eligibility is NOT Based on Income.
There are no income requirements for former foster youth*
Your health is important!
If you are not healthy, it's hard to meet other goals. Good health insurance and health care helps you stay healthy.
How is #HealthCareFFY Being Implemented in Your State?
When it comes to providing health coverage to former foster youth, your state has several choices about how they will implement their HealthCareFFY program. We're tracking who's doing what.
The following guide provides an overview to the features we're tracking.
Considerations for implentation
Health Care News
About the #HealthCareFFY Campaign
Being healthy and having health care are essential to a successful transition to adulthood. Society, and our laws, have come to recognize this. Under federal law, youth are able to remain on their parent’s insurance until age 26. Similarly, Medicaid provides coverage for qualifying youth who age out of foster care until they reach age 26, creating the eligibility category of Former Foster Youth (“FFY”). Policymakers recognized foster youth exiting care at age 18 or older should also have access to health care and that having health insurance was vital for that access to be a reality.
Providing Medicaid to former foster youth until age 26 is a wise social policy that shows how we value youth and the investment we want to make in their future. The #HealthCareFFY Campaign seeks to enlist youth, stakeholders and advocates in ensuring that all former foster youth have health insurance and access to high quality health care at least until age 26.