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Note: Because of the July 4 holiday, the next newsletter will be sent on July 8.
Families of children with special health care needs will soon have the opportunity to purchase health insurance through California’s new Covered California exchange. Five benefit plans are available, but they differ greatly in costs for premiums, copayments and deductibles. To help families make informed decisions, Family Voices California hosts a webinar with Peggy McManus, President of The National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health. McManus’ recent research on this topic was funded by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health. McManus also presented this research at a legislative briefing in Sacramento in April. You can view her remarks here.
The Affordable Care Act allows “aged-out” foster youth to remain eligible for Medicaid if they were in foster care and were enrolled in Medicaid when they turned 18. Advocates have hailed this provision as a boon for the estimated 80 percent of foster children who have chronic health conditions. The Georgetown Center on Children and Families’ “Say Ahhh!” blog examines how this provision will be implemented. More information on ACA provisions for former foster youth can be found in this Family Voices paper.
New Budget Makes 'Major Change' to Lanterman Act, Autism Policy
California HealthLine, June 20
Multiple Sclerosis Huge Hurdle for Youths
San Francisco Chronicle, June 19
Latino and Black Kids with Autism Less Likely to Use Specialty Services: Study
HealthDay, June 17
Supreme Court Steers Clear of Special Education Dispute
Disability Scoop, June 12
Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) Annual Report Released
National Law Review, June 18
Issue Brief: Improving Access to Specialty Care for Medicaid Patients: Policy Issues and Options