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Issue Alert - Foster Care Transitional Medicaid

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Date:

Jul 01, 2008

Program Area:

Medicaid (MA) PEM 118

Issue Summary:

Children in this category are transitioning from foster care to adulthood. Children aging out of foster care on their 18th birthday are eligible for Foster Care Transition Medicaid (FCTMA) from age 18 through their 21st birthday.

Persons Affected:

Foster care youth aging out of foster care on their 18th birthday

For More Information:

Center for Civil Justice 320 S. Washington, 2nd Floor Saginaw, MI 48607 (989) 755-3120, (800)724-7441 Fax: (989) 755-3558 E-mail: info@ccj-mi.org

Michigan Poverty Law Program 611 Church Street, Suite 4A Ann Arbor, MI 48104-3000 (734) 998-6100 (734) 998-9125 Fax (734)998-6125


What's Happening?

Children in this category are transitioning from foster care to adulthood. Children aging out of foster care on their 18th birthday are eligible for Foster Care Transition Medicaid (FCTMA) from age 18 through their 21st birthday.
Youth who age out of foster care are eligible for FCTMA if they meet the following criteria:
•In a foster care placement under the responsibility of the Michigan Department of Human Services or a Tribal Court on the individual’s 18th birthday, and
•Under 21 years of age, and
•The youth is not placed in a locked facility.

Eligibility must continue unless one of the following occurs:
•Death.
•Moves out-of-state.
•Case closure is requested.
•Another MA program is more beneficial.

There are no income or asset tests for this MA category.

What Should Advocates Do?

Assist youth that meet these requirements in applying for and maintaining MA eligibility.

Finding Help

Most legal aid and legal services offices handle these types of cases, and they do not charge a fee.

You can locate various sources of legal and related services, including the free legal aid office that serves your county, at MichiganLegalAid.org.

You can also look in the yellow pages under "attorneys" or call the toll-free lawyer referral number, (800) 968-0738.