health care


New York’s Runaway and Homeless Minors Can Now Consent to Their Own Health Care 

Under a new law, many more of New York's homeless and runaway youth can now consent to their own health care.


Idaho Moves Toward Making Gender-Affirming Care for Youth a Felony

Idaho State Capitol. Photo, Idaho State Legislature
An Idaho bill to criminalize gender-affirming healthcare for transgender minors overwhelmingly passed in the House, and now heads to the state Senate.  Arkansas and Alabama have already passed similar legislation and are both in court with the Biden administration over the controversial laws. 

Drowning and Forgotten: Former Foster Youth with Disabilities


Child Welfare Ideas From the Experts

Rutgers University student April Barcus calls for every current and former foster youth to be matched with a health care navigator.

Rochester Child Psychiatrist Works with Community Groups to Heal Patients After They Leave the Hospital


Rochester Child Psychiatrist Works with Community Groups to Heal Young Patients Wounded by Violence

In Rochester, child psychiatrist Michael Scharf is part of a team addressing the trauma of youth violence, and how to prevent it.

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Bass, Casey Want to Tighten Up Medicaid Guarantees for Foster Youth

Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and Sen. Bob Casey (D-Penn.) have introduced two bills aimed at shoring up federal health care guarantees for current and former foster youth. As of 2014, Affordable Care Act guaranteed Medicaid coverage through age 26 to any young person who was in foster care at age 18.

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Kids Count Notes: Upward Trend in Child Well-Being, Big States Still Rank Low, and Fears of Census Undercount

The 2018 Kids Count Databook, an annual assessment of state and national performance on indicators of child well-being, was published today. The report, which you can click here to read, has been produced by the Annie E.


    Special Election in Oregon Will Determine Fate of Medicaid Expansion

    Oregon voters will go to the polls tomorrow to decide whether to approve a new set of taxes that would pay for an expansion of Medicaid that, among other things, guarantees health care to all children in the state.

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    As Repeal Push Progressed, Foster Youth Became More Exposed to Medicaid Changes

    The push to replace or reform the Affordable Care Act appears to be stalled for the moment, as Republicans failed to pass a bill through the reconciliation process. Now, any substantive change will require 60 votes in the Senate, which means a bipartisan deal.


    Vulnerable Youth in Foster Care Lose if We Let This Health Care Sequel Play Out

    This year, I moved to Los Angeles after a long career in policy in Washington, D.C. I didn’t move here to work in the so-called “industry,” but boy, do I know a bad movie when I’ve seen one.