New federal health-care rules allow foster youth to get coverage until age 26

 

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Marcy Valenzuela, 25, sits in her Whittier home on May 12. Valenzuela went through the foster system and now, under the federal Affordable Care Act, she is eligible for Medi-Cal health insurance. keith durflinger – staff photographer

 

WHITTIER >> Recently, Marcy Valenzuela of Whittier went to see a doctor at PIH Health for rheumatoid arthritis that has been causing her pain.

It was her first doctor’s visit since she was diagnosed three years ago with the disease that typically affects the small joints in your hands and feet.

The only reason she could afford to go is that Valenzuela, 25, who grew up in the foster-care system, is now eligible for Medi-Cal under rules put forth by the federal Affordable Care Act that took effect this year.

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