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Former Foster Youth Now Eligible for Health Coverage

Due to recent changes in health care law, many of Virginia’s youth who were formerly in foster care, are now eligible for coverage through Medicaid. Since 2005, approximately 6,700 youth have “aged out” of the foster care system in Virginia, meaning they did not reach the goal of adoption before age 18. Many of these youths cannot seek the mental and physical health care they need.

To help with this issue, beginning January 1, eligible youth will now be covered by Medicaid until age 26. These individuals will now have access to a variety of health care services, including mental health care and substance abuse treatment. Any youth age 26 and under, who had an open foster care case and was receiving Virginia Medicaid upon their 18th birthday, is eligible for the program.

If you or your organization knows individuals who could qualify for these benefits under the new law, encourage them to apply through an online application on CommonHelp, by phone through Cover Virginia (1-855-242-8282), or by submitting a traditional application at local departments of social services.

View an informational flyer.

Published on Wednesday, December 18, 2013