Medicaid; eligibility for young adults transitioning from foster care. (HB98)

Introduced By

Del. Bob Purkey (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Medicaid eligibility; young adults transitioning from foster care. Requires the Department of Medical Assistance Services to amend the state plan to provide for the payment of medical assistance, pursuant to The Foster Care Independence Act of 1999, for any individual who (i) was receiving foster care services on his eighteenth birthday, (ii) continues to receive independent living services pursuant to 63.2-905.1, and (iii) has not yet reached his twenty-first birthday. Such individuals shall not be subject to Medicaid income limits. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/17/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 087864692
12/17/2007Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/15/2008Assigned App. sub: Health & Human Resources (Hamilton)
01/15/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB98)
02/12/2008Left in Appropriations


Laura Dely writes:

This bill deserves every Virginian's full support.
Our foster care system fails so many of its charges, and then, when they turn 18, these vulnerable and almost always severely underserved kids are dumped into the free world without any support, networks or resources.
It's hard to pull yourself together when you feel unloved and hopeless, and have no money or means -- hard to apply for college, or jobs.
This bill will help these kids make their way in the world just a little. It's the least we should do.
Let's also revamp our foster care system so that the poor kids who land within it are better cared for and loved throughout their childhoods.

spotter writes:

This bill makes a lot of sense.