Youth Who Were in Foster Care on Their 18th Birthday Are Eligible for Medi-Cal up Until Age 26!
Counties are instructed to enroll youth who were in foster care at age 18 in any state.
Until an automated system is in place, eligibility workers will be required to manually override the current system to assign the appropriate aid code to former foster youth. No income determination should be conducted as eligibility is based on being in foster care on their 18th birthday, age 18-26, and California residency. Youth who personally attest to having been in foster care at age 18 should be enrolled in Medi-Cal immediately while the county verifies eligibility.