• June 2016
  • Vol. 17, No. 4

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Health Services for Homeless Youth

Homeless youth or youth at risk of homelessness may have difficulty accessing services due to unstable housing or low-income situations. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provisions that aim to facilitate access to health and mental health-care coverage can likely put these services within their reach. However, youth may need guidance in assessing their eligibility for and accessing services.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published a factsheet that spotlights health-care coverage for homeless youth and youth at risk of homelessness. The factsheet reviews eligibility criteria for Medicaid, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and subsidized coverage and what services are covered. It includes links to resources for more information and highlights "Things to Know About Applying or Helping Someone Apply":

  • For homeless youth, it may be easiest to apply on the phone or using a paper application in order to receive assistance.
  • Individuals without a permanent address can use an assister's, trusted friend's, or service provider's address.
  • Individuals can apply and be determined eligible at any time throughout the year.

Also included is a chart detailing Medicaid and CHIP income eligibility as a percentage of the Federal poverty level by State. To access the factsheet Health Coverage for Homeless and At-Risk Youth, visit https://aspe.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/198441/HomelessHealth.pdf (207 KB).

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