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May 08, 2015

Providing Healthy Futures for Former Foster Youth

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Despite the availability of health insurance under ACA for over a year, many eligible young adults across the country have not enrolled – primarily because they don’t know that they qualify.

Tags:Access to Healthcare|Coveredtil26 (Health Insurance)|Child Welfare and Foster Care|Older Youth with Disabilities|Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care)
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June 03, 2014

Former Foster Youth Now Eligible for Free Health Insurance

posted by Juvenile Law Center

We're excited to announce the launch of our new campaign, Covered Til 26 PA. This campaign will help former foster youth and child welfare professionals take advantage of a new provision of the Affordable Care Act, allowing them to receive free medical insurance up to age 26.

Tags:Access to Healthcare|Coveredtil26 (Health Insurance)|Child Welfare and Foster Care|Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care)
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January 14, 2014

Juvenile Law Center Submits Comments on PA Department of Public Welfare's Request to Impose Requirements on Foster Youth Newly Eligible for Medicaid

posted by Juvenile Law Center

The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (DPW) has opened for comment its draft application to the federal government regarding the operation of the Medicaid program in Pennsylvania. This application, entitled "Healthy Pennsylvania," includes a plan to impose work requirements and health insurance premiums on individuals between the ages of 21 and 26 who are newly eligible for Medicaid by virtue of their status as youth who have aged out of foster care.

Tags:Access to Healthcare|Coveredtil26 (Health Insurance)|Child Welfare and Foster Care
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January 02, 2014

Learn How the Affordable Care Act Can Help Former Foster Youth in Pennsylvania Now!

posted by Juvenile Law Center

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes a provision that provides health insurance to some former foster youth until age 26.  This provision became effective on January 1, 2014

The following documents have been released by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare to provide guidance to stakeholders, including youth, on the implementation of this provision.

Tags:Access to Healthcare|Coveredtil26 (Health Insurance)|Child Welfare and Foster Care
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March 30, 2012

Political Rhetoric Obscures Rational Dialogue on the Affordable Care Act and Its Benefits for Children

posted by Juvenile Law Center

The historic legal arguments for and against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) have concluded. The future of the ACA now rests in the hands of the United States Supreme Court. Tragically, the legal and political wrangling over the Act's provisions has largely obscured the desperately needed benefits the Act provides to millions of American children. This is hardly surprising. With no political access of their own, children are the least likely among us to hear the echo of their voices in our country's legislative chambers.

Whatever the outcome, the Affordable Care Act unquestionably has taken a bold step in taking seriously the medical needs and interests of America's children.

Tags:Access to Healthcare|Coveredtil26 (Health Insurance)|Child Welfare and Foster Care|Fostering Connections|Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care)
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