Stateline, by Christine Vestal

Because of their relatively poor health, foster youths cost Medicaid two to three times as much as other youths enrolled in Medicaid. But not providing Medicaid coverage for former foster kids would be even more expensive for states, a new report from First Focus argues.

In addition to enrolling former foster children in traditional Medicaid, First Focus recommends states target the high-need, high-cost group for care coordination designed to reduce hospitalizations and other health care and social services costs over the long run.

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