The Health of Children in Foster Care: Making Improvements Through Medicaid and the Law
Children in foster care face dramatic health inequities: nearly 60 percent have at least one chronic disease, and nearly 70 percent have moderate to severe mental health disorders. Relative to other non-disabled Medicaid beneficiaries, children in foster care use more medical services with higher associated costs. Yet the most recent Federal Child and Family Services Review found that about 25 percent of children in foster care have unmet health care needs.
This webinar on opportunities to improve the health of children in foster care featured public and private sector stakeholders discussing the following topics:
- trends in the health of children in foster care, including their unmet needs and disproportionate cost to Medicaid
- a successful state and private sector partnership to improve services for the foster population through Medicaid managed care
- laws that promote the health of children and youth who are in or aging out of foster care, including the Affordable Care Act