Facilitating Access to Health Coverage for Juvenile Justice-Involved Youth

As states and juvenile justice stakeholders work to facilitate health coverage and access for system-involved youth, they can draw upon the experiences of their counterparts across the country to improve eligibility, enrollment, and outreach processes. Medicaid eligibility strategies in several states have already facilitated seamless coverage for juvenile justice-involved youth, and consumer assistance programs created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will provide additional resources to support continuity of care. Key to the success of these strategies will be ongoing collaboration between the multiple state and federal agencies that interact with the juvenile justice population.

The federal and state strategies outlined in this report were informed by policy research conducted by NASHP through its Models for Change project, funded by the MacArthur Foundation, and by discussions from an in-person meeting held in July 2013.

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