This study concerns children in out-of-home (foster) care and notes that these children have comprehensive medical needs that differ from other child populations, largely due to their circumstances. This analysis examines Medicaid data for two groups of children: children in out-of-home care (who are automatically covered by Medicaid) and children enrolled in Medicaid but not in out-of-home care. The study finds that the majority of children maintain Medicaid coverage even after discharge from out-of-home care, indicating a great degree of continuity in coverage. Children in out-of-home care also show a substantially higher incidence of almost all mental health conditions than both their non-out-of- home care Medicaid counterparts and Wisconsin’s general child population.
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