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Medicaid Coverage for Young Adults Who Were Formerly in Foster Care: Per the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA), effective January 1, 2014, young people who “aged out of ” the Rhode Island child welfare system at age 18 without having gained permanency will be eligible to retain Medicaid coverage until age 26.  For more details, check out this report from the Rhode Island Health Coverage Project:

Rhode Island Health Coverage Project Report

Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (H.R. 4980): protects and prevents children and youth in foster care from becoming victims of sex trafficking and makes several important improvements to the child welfare system that will help improve outcomes for children and youth in foster care. Sponsors: Representatives Dave Camp (R-MI) and Sandy Levin (D-MI), Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and Representatives Dave Reichert (R-WA) and Lloyd Doggett (D-TX).

Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families FAQ

Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Bill