Posts Tagged ‘foster care’

No longer under the radar

Posted: Jul 29, 2014 | Posted by Kassy Perry | Comments Off on No longer under the radar

Programs help ensure former foster youth stay insured

Date: 7/29/14
Outlet Full Name: Stockton Record
Author: Zack Johnson
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STOCKTON – Maybe it was the surge of adrenaline or the shock of being a passenger in a vehicle accident where people suffered severe injuries, but it wasn’t until the ambulance ride to the hospital that Krishneel Dass started feeling any pain at all.
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Former Foster Care Youths Get Help Paying For Health Care

Posted: Jun 23, 2014 | Posted by Kassy Perry | Comments Off on Former Foster Care Youths Get Help Paying For Health Care

Date: 6 /20 /14
Outlet Full Name: NPR- Shots
Author: Nicholas St. Fleur
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When Joseph Hill turned 21, he went from being homeless to being homeless and uninsured.

Hill grew up in foster care. He entered the system when he was 3 months old. At 19, he aged out of foster care and faced an abrupt transition into adulthood.

At first he received health insurance under Medi-Cal, California’s version of Medicaid. But those benefits disappeared when he turned 21.

Back then, Hill needed new prescription glasses so he could drive to work and see the board at school. Losing medical coverage meant spending money that he did not have.

“It felt like a low blow – it cost like $400,” Hill, who lives in San Diego, says of paying out of pocket for his glasses. “If I had coverage, I could have put that $400 to groceries.”
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A Medi-Cal mending for ex foster kids

Posted: May 26, 2014 | Posted by Kassy Perry | Comments Off on A Medi-Cal mending for ex foster kids

San Diego Union Tribune
By Paul Sisson
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Young adults have been able to stay on their parents’ health plans until age 26 since 2010, but that benefit is just arriving for former foster kids.

On Jan. 1, 2014, the Affordable Care Act extended Medicaid benefits — Medi-Cal in the Golden State — to foster youth who “aged out” of their coverage on their 18th or 21st birthdays. Coverage includes free medical care, vision exams, substance abuse treatment, mental health services and dental care.
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Affordable Care Act lets foster youths stay on Medi-Cal longer

Posted: May 12, 2014 | Posted by Kassy Perry | Comments Off on Affordable Care Act lets foster youths stay on Medi-Cal longer

May 12, 2014
San Francisco Chronicle
Author: Victoria Colliver

Marilyn Bretherick had been worrying about turning 21 this month because she feared losing the health coverage she had been guaranteed by the state during a decade as a foster care child.

Then a case manager told her about a little-known provision of the Affordable Care Act that will allow her to keep her coverage for five more years.

The provision allows young adults in California coming out of foster care to stay on Medi-Cal, the state’s version of Medicaid, until they turn 26. For Bretherick and other former foster care children like her, that means continued health coverage without having to reapply each year and prove eligibility based on income like all other Medi-Cal applicants.

“I turn 21 on Saturday, so I would have had to make all of my appointments this week,” Bretherick said last week. The San Jose State University student had been in foster care from age 10 to 18.
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ACA Offers Critical Support for Foster Kids

Posted: Apr 28, 2014 | Posted by Kassy Perry | Comments Off on ACA Offers Critical Support for Foster Kids

California Health Report
April 28, 2014
By Chris Richard

Behind the first wave of pain came fear.

It wasn’t just the agony of a shattered pelvis that terrified Jimmy Dion as he lay in the street that day last December.

It was having no insurance.

A driver had cut him off, and he’d swerved to miss her, but his handlebar caught in the wheel well of a truck. And then he was underneath, the truck dragging him and Dion screaming and onlookers screaming and then the truck stopping and people running toward where he lay tangled in the wreckage of his bicycle.

That December accident could have been yet another calamity in a life scarred by unfair struggles: taken from his drug-addled parents as a toddler, 16 foster homes by his 11th birthday, an occasional assurance that he had potential, but more often official reminders that “my chances of making it were slim to none.”

And on the day of the accident, Dion had just turned 23, well past the age limit on the Medi-Cal health insurance that California extends to most youths who become wards of the state. A community college student, he couldn’t afford private coverage. An application for interim insurance provided through the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services was in limbo.
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Health law to help foster youth to age 26

Posted: Feb 21, 2014 | Posted by Kassy Perry | Comments Off on Health law to help foster youth to age 26

Vallejo Times-Herald
POSTED: February 21, 2014 12:53:46 AM PST
By Sarah Rohrs/Times-Herald staff writer

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Growing up in foster care, some children and teens don’t get the kind of medical attention they need, while some may have suffered from abuse and neglect and have lingering health problems, advocates said.

One provision of the Affordable Care Act could help foster youth get medical attention they need after they are emancipated from the system at age 21.

Children Now has launched a campaign to spread the word that all former foster youth living in California are eligible for Medi-Cal health coverage until age 26. Previously coverage ended for them at 21 when they left the system.

The www.coveredtil26.org website is designed for youth to learn about the new requirements and how they can apply.

Youth who are involved in the foster care system tend to have higher health care needs due to child abuse and neglect experienced in early childhood, said Fatima Morales, Children Now policy and outreach associate. “Generally, their health care needs tend to be higher than their peers.”

In Vallejo, Cynthia Grady of New Beginnings, an organization which helps young adults after they “age out” of foster care, said the new federal provisions are beneficial.

Some of her clients have asthma, bronchitis, dental and vision issues that they haven’t been able to get treated because they no longer qualify for Medi-Cal, Grady said.

To help spread the word about the new foster care health coverage, New Beginnings is hosting an informational session 4-7 p.m. Saturday, March 22 at 1020 Colusa St. in Vallejo.

Young adults will be encouraged to hang out, enjoy some food and fun activities while also learn about the health coverage and other resources available to them.

After they turn 21, foster care youth will not automatically qualify for the Medi-Cal extension but will need to apply for it, Grady and others said.

Solano County Health and Human Services Director Ann Edwards said the health care extension will cost taxpayers more in Medi-Cal subsidies but it will save money over the long run by helping young adults stay healthy.

“It’s a very good thing for kids in that transition period. It’s even hard for kids when they have families and other resources. It’s particularly difficult for foster youth who don’t have family to fall back on,” Edwards said.

Edwards said her department will also be doing some outreach to help get the word out to former foster youth who have aged out of the system that they are eligible for Medi-Cal.
Exact figures on the numbers of young adults who will be impacted by the new requirements were not available.

Morales said California has an estimated 26,000 former foster youth between the ages of 21 and 26 who may qualify for Medi-Cal as a result of the extension of coverage to age 26.

Each year in the state between 2,700 and 5,000 youth are emancipated or “age out” of the system when they turned 21, according to Children Now.

Former foster youth qualify for the Medi-Cal coverage until age 26 if they were in foster care in any state at age 18 or older, are younger than age 26, and live in California now.

For more details go to http://www.coveredtil26.org/.