Medicaid to 26 FAQs: Youth Who Are Parents

This FAQ represents the interpretation of Juvenile Law Center. We will update this FAQ as we learn new information, so please check back frequently for updates. While these questions and answers are Pennsylvania-specific, many could apply in other states.

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Do my children automatically qualify for Medicaid because I am a former foster youth?

NO. Your children do not automatically qualify for Medicaid because you are a former foster youth. But your children may qualify for Medicaid based on other reasons (for example, based on your income or due to a disability). When you go to sign up for Medicaid for yourself, you should also ask about and apply for health insurance for your children. As a former foster youth, eligibility does not depend on your income. But if you are applying for coverage for your children, you should answer income questions in order to determine if your children qualify for coverage based on your family’s income.