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Health Insurance for Young Adults Previously in Foster Care

​If you left foster care at 18 years old or older AND will be younger than 26 years old on January 1, 2014:

You are eligible for Medicaid health insurance coverage until you are 26 years old. But you have to sign up!

If you are a teenager or young adult who will be leaving foster care soon:

Talk with your caseworker about signing up so you will have Medicaid health insurance until you are 26 years old.

If you were in foster care but returned home, or were adopted or stayed with other family:

You might still be able to get Medicaid depending on your income. You will be asked if you have a job, and if so, how much money you make.

How To Sign Up:

Contact your state Medicaid office:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on your state to be taken to your state’s Medicaid office Web site.
  3. Call the main phone number listed.
  4. Tell them that you left foster care at age 18 (or later) and that you would like to sign up for Medicaid under the new health care law. 

Coverage will start January 1, 2014, but don’t wait to sign up. Sign up now!

Additional Health Insurance Resources for Young Adults:

  • – This is the government’s Web site. Your state’s Health Insurance Marketplace can help connect you to Medicaid insurance coverage. Also, keep this resource in mind when you turn 27 years old. You can find and compare health insurance here.
  • Healthy Young America - This is a resource for young adults. Find more information on health reform, even an app for your smart phone that helps you find health services.
  • Foster Care Alumni of America - Connect with other alumni like you, and get support and information.
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The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.
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