GARY, Ind. (AP) - Some 5,000 former Indiana foster children stand to gain health insurance under the federal health care overhaul.
The Post-Tribune reports that beginning Jan. 1, states are required to allow children who have aged out of the foster care system to retain Medicaid coverage through age 26.
Indiana's actuarial firm, Milliman, estimates covering the former foster children will cost Indiana an estimated $3 million.
Indiana Family and Social Services Administration spokeswoman Marni Lemons says the only requirements for enrollment are that the person must have been in the Indiana foster care system when they turned 18 and that they previously were enrolled in Medicaid or a waiver program.
She says the Indiana Department of Child Services has been contacting former foster children to inform them of their coverage eligibility.