Posts Tagged ‘Medi-Cal’

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.

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.

ACA Expands Health Coverage to Residents Formerly in Foster Care

Posted: Apr 29, 2014 | Posted by Kassy Perry | Comments Off on ACA Expands Health Coverage to Residents Formerly in Foster Care

California Healthline
April 29, 2014

A provision in the Affordable Care Act has made it more feasible for young adults who formerly were in foster care to gain coverage under Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid program, HealthyCal reports.


Prior to the ACA, California extended Medi-Cal eligibility to former foster children up to age 21.

Under the ACA, those formerly in foster care now are eligible for Medi-Cal coverage until age 26. In addition, the law allows retroactive claims up to three months before the beginning of coverage.

The ACA also allows “uninterrupted eligibility,” which permits young adults to remain in the Medi-Cal program without re-registering each year.


Rusty Selix, executive director of the California Council of Community Mental Health Agencies, said Medi-Cal access is “incredibly important” for young adults who have left the foster care system.

Selix said that individuals formerly in foster care are at a higher risk for incarceration or homelessness. He added that such individuals tend to have health problems, including mental health and substance misuse issues.

Selix also noted that former foster care recipients are “probably going to be the hardest group to enroll, because they’re so disconnected from things and don’t know to take advantage of rights that they have.” He added, “It is a population that, without that [access to insurance], it was almost impossible to give them the help they need. Now, the funding is there, and it’s just a matter of linking them to the services” (Richard, HealthyCal, 4/28).
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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 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.

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