Assessing Accessibility: Do Teens in Foster Care Have Access to the Full Range of Reproductive Health Care Services Under Medicaid?

This article considers one aspect of access by asking whether the full complement of reproductive health care services and education a teen may need is actually available to teens in foster care system. To address this question, this article first reviews experts’ recommendations regarding sexual health services for adolescents.  It then compares the recommended level of care to the services currently available under the federal Medicaid program, which is the primary source of coverage for youth in foster care, pointing out areas in which the Medicaid framework matches or falls short of recommended guidelines for sexual health care for adolescents.

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