Child Welfare and the Affordable Care Act: Key Provisions for Children and Youth in the Foster Care System

The Affordable Care Act will have important implications for many of the nation’s children, but, it may prove particularly significant for the over 400,000 children and youth who are part of the foster care system. This issue brief reviews ACA provisions that hold promise of improving the health and well-being of these children, who often have extensive and complex health care needs.