Designing Medicaid programs to achieve health equity for youth in child welfare and juvenile systems

More than 650,000 children and youth are involved with the child welfare and juvenile justice system each year and a majority of them have experienced trauma, been prescribed a psychotropic medication, or undergone a mental health diagnosis. These factors can lead to instability that can significantly affect their health care. Learn how most of these children are mandatorily eligible for Medicaid, and the several key policy and program design features that could support this specific population and their overall health.

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