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Help for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

YATI_handout card_finalFor young adults who have experienced foster care, access to affordable health care is critical to their future success. Starting January 1, 2014, young adults who aged out of foster care in Arizona at age 18 and are under age 26, may qualify for a special health insurance program called Young Adult Transitional Insurance (YATI). YATI health insurance is provided through Arizona’s Medicaid program known as AHCCCS. This insurance gives young people access to low or no-cost medical checkups, prescription medicines, medical specialist, and doctors visits when they are sick.

In an effort to help community providers and outreach workers ensure young adults who have aged-out of foster care in Arizona are aware of the healthcare benefits available to them, Children’s Action Alliance has developed a Health Care Toolkit. The Toolkit contains a Fact Sheet, Frequently Asked Questions, Brochure, and a Handout Card, all available in a downloadable PDF.

Outreach efforts will be very important to assure that young adults who qualify for this coverage can take advantage of it. Young people who left foster care may be eligible, but not aware of this important benefit or how to access it. Enrollment is open year-round and qualified young adults are eligible regardless of income. Please feel free to post the Health Care Toolkit on your website or distribute to your membership or colleagues. Hard copies of the Toolkit are available to pick up, contact Meghan Arrigo at marrigo@azchildren.org or 602-266-0707 x211 for more information.

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