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The Foster Care Independence Act of 1999

Enhancing Youth Access to Health Care

By Abigail English & Kathi Grasso

Many young people leaving the foster care system at age 18 not only lack familial, financial and other support but also experience serious unmet physical and mental health needs. The Foster Care Independence Act of 1999 gives states the option of expanding Medicaid coverage to these young adults. Advocates and states can take steps to ensure that the health-care-related provisions of the law are effectively implemented.

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