Posts Tagged ‘foster youth’

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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The Affordable Care Act Ensures Former Foster Youth Receive Critical Health Coverage until Age 26

Posted: Feb 19, 2014 | Posted by Kassy Perry | Comments Off on The Affordable Care Act Ensures Former Foster Youth Receive Critical Health Coverage until Age 26

Children Now Launches Campaign to Promote Awareness and Increase Enrollment of Former Foster Youth in Medi-Cal

OAKLAND, Calif. (February 19, 2014) – Children Now today announced the launch of Coveredtil26, a statewide outreach campaign to ensure all former foster youth living in California know they are now eligible for Medi-Cal coverage until age 26. Previously, Medi-Cal coverage for former foster youth ended at age 21.

Although the Affordable Care Act provision extending health coverage to former foster youth took full effect on January 1, 2014, the majority of young adults who benefit from this new provision are not yet aware of this exciting opportunity. The Coveredtil26 campaign provides advocates, youth, and stakeholders with the necessary tools to learn about this new benefit and navigate enrollment barriers.

Each year, over 20,000 youth age out of the foster care system in the United States. In California alone, between 2,700 and 5,000 youth age out of foster care every year. These vulnerable youth too often lack adequate supports to make the transition to adulthood successfully. For example, they are much less likely than their peers to have health insurance, but tend to have more health care needs due to trauma experienced during childhood.

“The Affordable Care Act’s extension of health coverage to age 26 fills a critical need for former foster youth who do not have the same option as their peers to stay on a parent’s insurance plan,” said Ted Lempert, President of Children Now. “However, it’s imperative that state and county agencies work together to ensure the processes for enrolling in coverage are easy to navigate for this vulnerable population.”
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