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Resources

State and county resources

  • Medi-Cal MC 250A form: The MC 250A is the one-page form youth can use to apply for coverage directly through the county.
  • Medi-Cal All County Welfare Directors Letter No. 14-41 (Feb. 2015) and 14-41E (Aug. 2016): View state guidance (14-41) issued to counties on enrollment in the Former Foster Youth Program and updates (14-41E) made to the guidance.
  • Medi-Cal All County Welfare Directors Letter No. 15-32 (Oct. 2015) and 15-32E (Nov. 2016): View state guidance (15-32) issued to counties regarding standardized notices of action and an informational letter counties must use for the Medi-Cal program for former foster youth. View state guidance (15-32E) issued to counties to clarify the process for ensuring former foster youth receive Medi-Cal coverage regardless of immigration status.  
  • Medi-Cal All County Welfare Directors Letter No. 15-29 (Sept. 2015) and 15-37 (Nov. 2015): View state guidance issued to counties on how to correct the incorrect eligibility determinations that former foster youth received while applying for health coverage through Covered California here (15-29) and here (15-37).
  • Medi-Cal All County Welfare Directors Letter No. 16-20 (Sept. 2016): View state guidance to counties with instructions to ensure foster youth maintain Medi-Cal coverage while they are on the run or missing from foster care.
  • All County Information Notice No. I-31-15 (July 2015): View state guidance issued to counties on extended Medi-Cal benefits for former foster youth and suggested practices for social workers and probation officers to ensure seamless coverage for youth until age 26.
  • Hospital Presumptive Eligibility (PE) and Former Foster Youth (Sept. 2015): View the newsflash and state guidance issued to hospital PE providers with instructions regarding former foster youth applying for hospital PE.

More resources

County contact list: Find out the best way to sign up for the Medi-Cal program for former foster youth in your county here (last updated Sept. 2016).

Legal resources: Youth Law Center, the Health Consumer Alliance, and National Health Law Program have developed a list of programs that provide legal assistance for people having trouble getting Medi-Cal or other health care services. Click here to download the list.

Webinar on Medi-Cal coverage until age 26 for former foster youth presented by Children Now, the Youth Law Center, and the CA Department of Health Care Services. Watch the video or download presentation.

Coveredtil26 Toolkit: provides sample language and tools for outreach to a variety of audiences, including former foster youth.

Flyer for social workers, probation officers, and court staff: Click here to view tips and information on Medi-Cal coverage for former foster youth for social workers, probation officers, foster parents, and court staff.

Former Foster Youth Share Their Stories

Bree's Story Read: Bree’s Story

pic-170x90-PSA1 Video: Jon’s Story

pic-170x90-PSA2 Video: Former foster youth and substance problems

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pic-170x90-PSA4-Megan Video: Megan’s Story

pic-170x90-PSA5-Tram Video: Tram’s Story

Media about Medi-Cal coverage for former foster youth