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Medicaid: A Key to Health Care for Foster Children and Adopted Children with Special Needs

By Abigail English & Madelyn DeWoody Freundlich

Medicaid has played a critical role in ensuring health care coverage for foster children and adopted children with special needs, but currently no federal law guarantees that comprehensive coverage for these children will be maintained. This article explains the historic role Medicaid has played in providing essential benefits, the ways in which these children are currently covered, and how coverage may be affected by the new federal welfare law and other policies as they develop. It also presents options that would help guarantee future coverage.

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