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Side Effects Public Media At 17 years old, Daryl Chatman is more interested in football than he is in health insurance. His foster parents Brenda and Kent Davis worry about what might happen if he’s injured on the football field.
They want to adopt him before his next birthday so he can get on their insurance.
Kids aging out of foster care can also stay on Medicaid.
But having coverage is not the same thing as accessing health care, and without parents to guide them through the health care system, former foster kids can get lost.
And I guess we want to show them adult solutions,” Brenda says.
One first step for kids who age out is to sign up with Medicaid.
“You can’t just assume that it’s going to happen through the miraculous volition of a nineteen year old who would much rather be doing something else,” says Rosen.
Last year, North Carolina law changed, allowing kids to stay in foster care until they’re 21.
But there are still lots of things they need to learn about the adult world.
He’s looking forward to turning 18 soon and going to college, but not feeling quite ready for all the adult decisions he’ll have to face.