In ACA Foster Youth Provision, Texas Faces Tough Task

Among the more popular aspects of the Affordable Care Act is a provision that allows young people to stay on their parents’ health insurance plan until age 26. But a similar, little-known provision of the federal health reform law also grants certain young people who were formerly in foster care extended health coverage through Medicaid, the joint state-federal insurer, until the same age.

State officials say they expect to enroll thousands of former foster youth in the extended Medicaid coverage this year with the help of outreach efforts. But the responsibility of locating and enrolling these young people, which falls ...

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