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New Free Health Insurance Option for Former Foster Youth
Every year, more than 20,000 children “age out” of foster care on their 18th birthdays. These young adults, whose childhoods were marred by abuse or neglect, are more likely than their peers to have chronic health conditions and less likely to have health insurance. A recent change in the law can help, but only if we all help to spread the word.
The new national health care law makes former foster youth eligible for free health care through Medicaid until their 26th birthdays. But most of the hundreds of newly-eligible young adults in Minnesota don’t know they qualify.
If you or someone you know might qualify, call or encourage them to call 877-543-7669 or visit www.insurekidsnow.gov. With Medicaid, young people don’t have to worry about healthcare, so they can focus on school, career, and the other building blocks of successful adult lives.
Now more individuals and families in Minnesota can get low cost or free health insurance, even if they already have a health or mental health condition. MNsure offers multiple health plans from insurance companies all in one easy-to-shop location. Consumers will be able to compare plans side-by-side to see how price coverage and features differ. MNsure is also the only place Minnesotans can go and see if they qualify for federal tax credits to help pay health insurance premiums. A single individual earning less than $45,000 a year or a family of four earning less than $94,000 a year, will likely qualify for a tax credit. As a MNsure Official Partner, MCCCA is helping spread the word about MNsure, as well as assisting people to enroll. See how you can benefit by visiting MNsure.org.
All plans under MNsure must provide mental health and substance use disorder treatment, and must follow mental health parity laws.
There are no exclusions or waiting periods for individuals with pre-existing health conditions.
Medicaid (Medical Assistance) is expanding so that single adults can qualify based on income alone (and not disability).
- MinnesotaCare will no longer have waiting periods, limits on hospital coverage or a $1000 co-pay for hospital care.
Bridge to Benefits Minnesota
Bridge to Benefits is a multi-state project by Children’s Defense Fund Minnesota to improve the well-being of families and individuals by linking them to public work support programs and tax credits. New information for youth living apart from family is available on the site. For more information, click here.
Ready or Not, Here it Comes (with Dr. Gary Johnson)
MCCCA membership is open to private and public programs that provide services to children, youth and their families. Member agencies work with children and families across the full continuum of care including community based mental health services, residential treatment, therapeutic foster care, homeless youth services, shelter care and juvenile justice programs. Join Today!
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