Ex-foster kids can get government health coverage

2014-07-07T00:00:00Z 2014-07-31T20:44:28Z Ex-foster kids can get government health coverageBy Stephanie Inne Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Young adults who have aged out of the foster care in Arizona may qualify for a special government health insurance program.

The Phoenix-based Children’s Action Alliance is trying to raise awareness of the insurance, which is for foster kids who aged out of the system at 18 and who are still under the age of 26. Those young people may qualify for the Young Adult Transitional Insurance (YATI) provided through Arizona’s Medicaid program.

Medicaid is a government insurance program for low-income people. In Arizona the program is called the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS).

The insurance coverage gives young people access to low or no-cost medical checkups, prescription medicines, medical specialists, and doctors visits when they are sick. There is no monthly premium.

Enrollment is open year-round and qualified young adults are eligible regardless of income.

For help enrolling go to www.211arizona.org/aca or dial 211 and ask for health-care assistance.

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