The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides access to insurance coverage for health care for many children, youth, and families, including those at risk for involvement with child welfare and those who come in contact with the child welfare system. Child welfare agencies can play a critical role in implementing ACA provisions and supporting caregivers (including birth parents, foster parents, relative guardians, and adoptive parents) in enrollment processes to obtain health insurance. Having health insurance can improve access to essential physical, mental health, and substance use services and contribute to improvements in permanency and well-being outcomes.
Child welfare agencies can support enrollment, promote awareness, and learn more about health-care coverage for children, youth, and families.
- Share tip sheets with child welfare agency staff to help them link parents, caregivers, children, and youth to health insurance.
- Guide individuals and families through the ACA enrollment process on HealthCare.gov
- Make referrals to and partner with your State's Medicaid Office