Medicaid to 21
You may be eligible for continued Foster Care Medical benefits even if you are no longer in foster care or other eligible out-of-home placement.
Am I eligible?
You must be able to answer "YES" to BOTH statements:
- You are in foster care or and under age 21
- On my 18th birthday, I was in foster care or
under the responsibility of DSHS or a federally recognized tribe within Washington state
Important things to know:
- Youth in the Adoption Support program are not eligible.
- Guardianships established after June 2010 are not eligible.
- Continued eligibility is automatic. You only need to provide a mailing address to the Foster Care Medical Team (FCMT) BEFORE leaving care or if you move.
- You may not be eligible for Medicaid to 21 if you apply and are eligible for TANF services. If you have questions about your continued eligibility for Medicaid to 21 contact the FCMT.
- You are still eligible for Medicaid to 21 if you are receiving Food Assistance.
- Medicaid to 21 is for medical benefits only. It does not provide you with a place to live or continued placement in a foster home.
- The monthly paper Med Coupons have been replaced by a plastic Services Card. DO NOT throw the Services Card away - you will not receive a new one every month.
What if I have questions or I lose my Services Card?
the Foster Care Medical Team using the following directions:
- Dial: 1-800-562-3022
- Stay on the line - do not say anything unless you need assistance in another language. (The system is very sensitive so make sure there isn't a lot of noise around you.)
- The system will tell you to say, "Dial" if you have an extension.
- Since you have an extension say, "Dial".
- Next, the system will ask if you are a "client, provider, or other". DO NOT respond to this question, just press "3" on your phone.
- The system will say it is transferring you and then ask you to dial the extension number.
- The extension number is 15480.