Research Report Providing Medicaid to Youth Formerly in Foster Care under the Chafee Option
Informing Implemention of the Affordable Care Act
Mike Pergamit, Marla McDaniel, Vicki Chen, Embry M. Howell, Amelia Hawkins
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This report draws lessons from 30 states' implementation of optional Medicaid coverage for youth who age out of foster care and applies them to decisions and plans states will consider as they implement new ACA coverage that goes into effect in 2014. Wide variations in how states have implemented the so-called Chafee option are focused on eligibility criteria, enrollment processes, and recertification processes. States' implementation choices had implications for the frequency with which youth enroll in Medicaid coverage after foster care and in their continuity of coverage over time.

Research Areas Health and health care Social safety net Children and youth
Tags Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program  State programs, budgets Medicare
Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population