Children in Foster Care

State policymakers must often take action during an emerging crisis even when evidence identifying the best policy approach is not be available. This report,¬†Evidence-Based Policymaking Is an Iterative Process: A Case Study of Antipsychotic Use among Children in the Foster Care System,¬†explores successful state responses to dramatic increases in antipsychotic prescription rates in Medicaid-enrolled children […]

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    The State of the States in Delivering Health Care for Children in Foster Care: Findings of a State Survey

    A 1999 survey of states by the National Academy for State Health Policy sought to examine the specific policies and procedures states have adopted to minimize these barriers and to ensure that the health care needs of children in foster care are met. The survey questionnaire was mailed to both Medicaid and Chief Welfare officials […]

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    Medicaid Eligibility Policy for Children in Foster Care

    According to a 1995 report by the General Accounting Office, the 300,000 children living in foster care are among the most vulnerable children in the U.S. As a group, they are sicker than homeless children and children living in the poorest sections of inner cities. This high level of health care need makes health care […]

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    Health Care of Children in Foster Care: Who’s Keeping Track?

    According to the data from the Administration on Children Youth and Families there are an estimated 600,000 children residing in foster care in our country. Each of these children enter foster care with a background of abuse or neglect sufficient to warrant being removed from their families. The children entering care present complex medical and […]

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    Improving Health Care for Children in Foster Care: Alternative Delivery Models

    Increasingly, the system for delivery of health and medical care to children in foster care is perceived as less than adequate to achieve the most desired outcomes for these children. While never viewed as having been the perfect system, the shortcomings of the current approach have been exacerbated and highlighted by the growth in the […]

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