The 111th Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148) which greatly improves access to health care services for children in out-of-home care, and other children and families who are vulnerable. The most significant child welfare improvements include the expansion of Medicaid for former foster youth, protection of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the creation of the first-ever federal funding stream to provide home visitation, and the strengthening of the health care coordination requirements for youth in care. CHIP and Medicaid and services like EPSDT and home visiting are critical to ensure accessible and affordable health care for low-income and otherwise vulnerable children and families.

  • Community Health Centers
  • Early Periodic Screening Diagnosis and Testing (EPSDT) [Policy Topic]
  • Medicaid
    • [Legislation]
  • Mental Health Block Grant
    • [Legislation]
  • Mental Health Programs of Regional and National Significance
    • [Legislation]
  • Maternal and Child Health Block Grant, Title V of the Social Security Act
    • [Legislation]
  • Healthy Start [Legislation]
  • Home Visiting [Policy Topic]
  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Early Intervention Services Program
    • [Legislation]
  • Mental Health [Policy Topic]
  • Ryan White AIDS Program, Part D [Legislation]
  • Substance Abuse Block Grant [Legislation]
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Programs of Regional and National Significance [Legislation]
  • Targeted Case Management [Policy Topic]
  • Teen Pregnancy [Policy Topic]
  • Trauma [Policy Topic]

    • The Quality Foster Care Services Act of 2014 (113th Congress, S. 1992, H.R. 4016)


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