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February 6, 2017
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Dear Supporter:

More than 20,000 children "age out" of foster care each year, most without a family to return home to. Let's ensure that these vulnerable youth have access to health care.

Join First Focus, one of ACNJ’s national partners, in signing a letter, urging members of Congress to preserve a critical measure that currently extends Medicaid coverage for these young adults until the age of 26. Please add your name to this letter before Friday, February 10.  Share with family, friends and collegues.

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), youth are able to remain on a parent's health insurance plan until age 26. Foster youth do not have the benefit to stay on their parents' health insurance, as they are removed from their own homes and placed in the custody of the state. Currently, youth who “age out” of foster care and were enrolled in Medicaid 6 months prior to leaving the child welfare system, are eligible for Medicaid coverage until they are 26 years-old. 

Having access to health and mental health services is of critical importance and can make a difference in their successful transition to adulthood. As Congress considers "repeal and replace" of the ACA, ACNJ is working with First Focus and other advocates to remind Members of Congress that health coverage for these vulnerable youth must be preserved. Please add your name today!


Cecilia Zalkind

Advocates for Children of New Jersey

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