About this resource

Current or former foster youth who qualify for Medicaid receive cards annually, after confirming their address. New youth moving into the state are not eligible. There are support systems in place to support youth accessing services. Be sure to update your address with Medicaid. Medicaid is basic health insurance that is available to foster youth or former foster youth who are eligible. The web link will lead you to the application, support for applying and answer general questions. For More Information:


The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires states to provide young adults under 26 with free health care if they were in foster care at age 18 or older. This ensures that former foster youth can access the health care services they need – just like non-foster youth who can stay on their parents’ insurance plans until 26.