The Affordable Care Act and Adolescents. Medicaid/ Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)


The Affordable Care Act (Section 2001) requires maintenance of the pre-Affordable Care Act Medicaid and CHIP eligibility levels for children 18 and younger through 2019. In addition, the Affordable Care Act requires all states to provide Medicaid coverage for children ages 6-18 with incomes at or below 133 percent of Federal Poverty Level Guidelines beginning January 1, 2014. Beginning January 1, 2014, the Affordable Care Act (Section 2004) also generally makes current and former children in foster care eligible for Medicaid until they turn 26.

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