Were you in foster care at age 18? If so, you can receive Medicaid health coverage until you turn 26.…
Youth who turned 18 while in foster care are eligible to receive Medicaid until age 26 under the Affordable Care Act.
To apply, visit the Michigan Bridges website. There, youth will be asked to complete an application online. It should take about 25 minutes, and youth might find it helpful to sit with a supportive person to help with any questions while they complete the application.
A few days later, the youth will receive a letter in the mail confirming coverage and giving instructions on receiving a health coverage card.
If you have any questions, or youth receive any messages that say they have been denied coverage, There is help available! Please contact:
Leslie Adams, Foster Care Health Analyst
Child Welfare Medical Unit
Office of Child Welfare Policy and Programs
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services,
235 S. Grand Avenue, Suite 514,
P.O. Box 30037, Lansing, MI 48909
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