Juvenile Law Center

Medicaid to 26: Free Medical Insurance for Former Foster Youth

Let Congress Know You Want It to Save Medicaid for Former Foster Youth!

Across the country, about 23,000 young people age out of the foster care system each year, and they are more likely than their peers to suffer from health issues due to exposure to trauma, homelessness, and neglect. Medicaid for Former Foster Fouth has positively impacted the lives of thousands of former foster youth, ensuring that they are also able to stay covered until age 26 as a provision of the Affordable Care Act.

We want to ensure that in the current debate over health care policy in this country, this provision is not lost!

Join us Wednesday, February 15th for a Call-In Day asking your elected officials to preserve Medicaid for Former Foster Youth!


As of January 1, 2014, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides Medicaid until age 26 for former foster youth who were enrolled in Medicaid when they turned 18 or aged out of care. This means that young people can get Medical Assistance (MA) if they were in foster care in Pennsylvania or any other state at age 18 or older. Download our fact sheet on why health insurance is important for former foster youth.


Watch this video to learn about eligibility, what is covered, and how to sign up. Questions? Visit our FAQ's page.

Click here to download the #Coveredtil26 flyer for youth. Are you a professional working in a state child welfare system? Click here to download the flyer for advocates and professionals.



Do I qualify?

Were you in foster care in ANY state on your 18th birthday?

Do you live in Pennsylvania now?

Are you younger than 26 years-old?

If you answer "YES" to these questions, then you qualify!



3 Reasons to sign up

1. IT'S FREE: You pay $0 for your insurance. After you leave care, you may have to cover some small co-pays, but you do not have to purchase insurance or pay premiums.


2. RENEW ONCE A YEAR: You can renew your health insurance once a year until you are 26 years-old.


3. MORE CHOICES: You can go to any doctor, clinic, therapist, or hospital that accepts your insurance.

What is covered?

Doctor's visits

Mental health treatment

Prescriptions and more!



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