Home > Policies > Health > Partner with state agencies, connector entities, and community-based organizations to help ensure that former foster youth understand the process of maintaining or obtaining Medicaid coverage up to age 26

Despite creative efforts to engage and educate former foster youth about their new coverage option, barriers remain with respect to obtaining and retaining coverage which include:

1) The enrollment system does not recognize former foster youth as such–many former foster youth were “rolled-over” into Medicaid from the limited-benefit PAC program and thus the system does not recognize them as former foster youth entitled to Medicaid coverage without regard to income until they turn 26;

2) The “work-around for former foster youth enrollment is inconsistently applied–the State’s interim mechanism for moving youth into an adult Medicaid eligibility category before they age out of the foster care system is inconsistent applied and can result in a coverage gap;

3) There is significant confusion about the renewal process–the transition of Maryland Health Connection to a new IT system means that all Medicaid and Qualified Health Plan enrollees must resubmit a full application to continue coverage.