The ACA allows children that aged out of the foster care system at 18 to remain on Medicaid until they are 26 years old. However, the language passed in the ACA only required a state to provide Medicaid to that individual if they aged out of that specific foster system. Currently, if a youth aged out of
"I am very glad that we were able to close this loophole and allow the out of state foster care children the opportunity for healthcare coverage," Representative
Research has shown that access to health care for youth previously in foster care is important because they are more likely to have health complications. Ensuring these youth remain insured helps the broader community by keeping them out of crisis that could lead to emergency room visits or hospitalizations.
"We are thankful for the legislature's work to ensure that youth exiting foster care who may have needed to move from another state are not excluded from the same benefit provided to those who remain in
In the fall of 2018,
The child protection bill, HB 397,
"For over a decade, families of children who have died in unlicensed care have urged the general assembly to take action by fixing the lax laws to prevent future tragedies," Senator
Current law in
"Since November, at least two infant fatalities occurred in
The legislation also increases the criminal penalties for those who violate the child care licensure statutes and creates a civil penalty enforceable by the
"This change in law lowers child-to-adult ratios, which are proven to ensure that young children get enough one-on-one attention from an adult who is available to care for each child's unique needs,"
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