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Young Adults Aging Out of Foster Care Should Get Health Coverage Through Medicaid

For young people who have experienced foster care, access to affordable health insurance is critical to their everyday success. While Federal Law has expanded health coverage to alumni who were in foster care at age 18, there are significant roadblocks to enrolling in and maintaining coverage.

Our policy brief, Health Insurance for Youth Formerly in Foster Care – Focus on Medicaid Coverage in Arizona, examines the barriers many youth in foster care face and recommendations to ensure eligible young people can get the health insurance coverage they need to thrive in adulthood.

We also spotlight community provider Phoenix Day; their HealthLinks program provides state-wide support to youth who have aged out of foster care with immediate enrollment assistance. Call Phoenix Day at 602.252.4911, extension 104 to help with the enrollment application.

“When I was 19 and a student at ASU, I got sick and had to go the emergency room. I was given medication and sent home. Three weeks later I got a $12,000 bill in the mail. I was shocked because I thought I had health insurance under the Young Adult Transitional Insurance (YATI) program until I turned 26. Without knowing, I had been dropped from the program. With the help of my caseworker, I reenrolled and was able to get the emergency room visit covered, but the amount of stress that it created for me was unreal.” Ray, Arizona young adult formerly in foster care

Annual Report 2016 – Thanks to You, We’ve Made a Difference

As we face big new challenges for children and families in 2017, let’s take a moment to celebrate the power of advocacy!

Together in 2016, we were able to push for big changes in public policy, such as: the reinstatement of KidsCare after it had been frozen for six years; and eliminating the “grandmother penalty” to help low-income grandparents raising their grandchildren get financial assistance through Temporary Assistance to Needy Families dollars. During the election year, we connected candidates and voters on children’s issues through debates, town hall meetings and online questionnaires.

You can get a snapshot of the power of advocacy in our 2016 Annual Report, available online.

Our efforts are successful because of your support.

Sincerely,

 

President and CEO

 

Sen. Flake to Hold Town Hall Meeting in Mesa April 13

Tomorrow evening, April 13th, Arizona senator Jeff Flake is holding a constituent Town Hall meeting, as Congress is on April break. Among other topics, this is an opportunity to ask questions and share concerns about the current administration’s plans to eventually overhaul the Affordable Care Act, including making dramatic changes to health care programs for low-income families, such as Medicaid.

Details of the event:

WHERE: Mesa Convention Center
Building C
201 N. Center St.
Mesa, AZ 85201

WHEN: Thursday, April 13
6:00 p.m. PT: Doors open for the public
7:00 p.m. PT: Town hall begins
8:30 p.m. PT: Town hall concludes

More information can be found here.

Because questions are likely to be selected at random or submitted in advance, here are a few you can ask if you are chosen to speak:

• Will you support the Trump-Ryan health care repeal that would raise our premiums and dump 24 million people off their health insurance?
• What will you do to strengthen Medicaid, which covers more than 750,000 children and 1 million adults in Arizona?
• Can we count on you to support a clean, bi-partisan bill reauthorizing funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), KidsCare in Arizona?

Parking information is available on the senator’s website.

Despite Passage of School Vouchers, the Fight for Public Education is NOT Over

Governor Ducey has signed a new law expanding ESA vouchers for private schools to all students statewide after the measure passed the legislature by one vote in each house.

This measure does nothing to address Arizona’s growing teacher shortage crisis, nothing to close the achievement gap for children growing up poor, and nothing to enable public schools to update classroom textbooks and technology. Instead, this bill gives parents a debit card with public tax dollars they can spend on private and religious school tuition, tutoring, or educational therapies.

Higher income students will remain the prime users of ESA vouchers, as they are today. The richest families in our state, who already plan to send their children to private school from K through high school graduation with their own resources, will now be able to get that education subsidized through our income and sales tax dollars – leaving the vast majority of students in neighborhood public schools behind.

The fight for public education is not over! The legislature is still working on the state budget for next year. Now more than ever we need to speak up in support of public education.

Please click here to sign this petition telling our legislature to say yes to teacher raises and no to more tax cuts and tax credits.