Were you in foster care at age 18 or older??? You may be eligible for free health care up to your 26th birthday!!!!

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires states to provide youth under 26 with free health care if they were in foster care at age 18. This ensures that former foster youth can access the health care services they need.

What’s covered?

  • Medical care
  • Vision exams
  • Substance abuse treatment
  • Mental health services and counseling
  • Dental care starting in May 2014

Former foster youth qualify for free Medi-Cal coverage if they:

  • Were in foster care in ANY state at age 18,
  • Currently live in California, AND
  • Are under the age of 26

If you do not meet the above criteria, you may still qualify for Medi-Cal through the regular application process. Contact an ILP/ Transition Coordinator for help exploring this option.

Have more questions? Having trouble signing up? Not sure you were in foster care on your 18th birthday?

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