NH DHHS - Affordable Care Act Health Insurance for Eligible Foster Youth

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS), Division for Children Youth and Families (DCYF) is reaching out to

former youth to make them aware of provisions in the Affordable Care Act

(ACA). Effective January 1, 2014, any youth under the age of 26 who exited

DCYF Foster Care placement at the age of 18 or older and who qualified for

NH Medicaid at the time they left care, are eligible for health insurance

through NH Medicaid.

“We believe there may be some young adults that may be eligible to receive

health insurance and they don’t know it,” said DCYF Director Maggie Bishop.

“We are working with a number of our partners to try to and spread the word

in an effort to reach all those who may be affected by this change so that

they can apply for this benefit.”

To be eligible these young adults must be between the ages of 18 and 25 and

exited out of NH DCYF foster care placement on or after their 18th

birthday. This includes foster, relative, shelter and residential care.

They also must have qualified for NH Medicaid at the time of exiting DCYF


Those who may be eligible can apply online at www.nheasy.nh.gov  or by

visiting one of DHHS’ District Office’s

http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/contactus/districtoffices.htm. DCYF staff are

assisting youth currently in placement with applying for this new benefit

as they transition out of care.