Glossary: M

Managed Care Organization

This is the organization that provides your health care.  When you have Medicaid as your insurance, your actual care and treatment is provided by a Managed Care Organization. What you think of as your health insurance care often has the name of the Managed Care Organization on it.  Examples of Managed Care Organizations in Pennsylvania include: UPMC, Aetna, Health Partners. 

Medicaid/Medical Assistance

This is the health insurance that many youth in care are eligible for.  It is also the health insurance coverage that youth who were in foster care at age 18 or older are eligible for until age 26.  Medicaid is the term used under federal law.  In Pennsylvania, sometimes people refer to Medicaid as Medical Assistance. 

Medicaid for Former Foster Youth

Insurance coverage through Medicaid until age 26 for young people who were in foster care on or after their 18th birthday and enrolled in Medicaid at that time. 

Miranda Rights

In Miranda v. Arizona (1966), the Supreme Court declared that the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution affords individuals (including children) certain rights when they are in police custody and under interrogation. The warnings typically state: “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to speak to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you.” When a person confesses to a crime or reveals other incriminating information to police while in custody, those statements can only be used against the defendant in court if s/he received Miranda warnings, understood them, and voluntarily waived those rights.