On January 1,Oregon began providing Medicaid/Oregon Health Plan benefits to former foster care youth under the age of 26.
Oregon’s program is called the Former Foster Care Youth Medical Program. It is estimated that there are 3,329 former foster care youth in Oregon eligible for the program.
A provision in the Affordable Care Act allows children/dependents under the age of 26 to stay on their parent’s health insurance. Recognizing that children who are discharged from the foster care system as an adult (18-20) do not always have that option, the ACA includes a provision allowing former foster care youth to remain on Medicaid until age 26, regardless of income.