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Capitol Health Call
March 8, 2016

Improving Medicaid Access for Former Foster Youth

JAMA. 2016;315(10):970. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.1785

Three senators recently wrote to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell to urge improved Medicaid access for former foster youth. They pointed out that of the approximately 400 000 young people in foster care, nearly 23 000 leave the system annually without permanent homes or knowledge that they qualify for Medicaid coverage up until age 26 years (http://1.usa.gov/1SxC0js).

“Many current and former foster youth face extreme obstacles to success that include physical and mental health issues, as well as economic and housing instability,” wrote senators Richard Blumenthal (D, Conn), Bob Casey Jr (D, Pa), and Chuck Grassley (R, Iowa).

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