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Each year, over 26,000 foster youth “age out” of the child welfare system in the United States. Between 2009 and 2013, approximately 3,000 Maryland youth aged out of foster care. Those youth are now eligible for a new provision under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This new provision allows former foster youth to receive health care coverage through Medicaid until they reach age 26, as long as they were in foster care and enrolled in Medicaid when they aged out. The provision for former foster youth mirrors the provision that allows young adults to stay on their parent’s health insurance until they reach age 26.