Welfare of Children in Foster Care: Health Care Needs and Social Security Benefits.
Mitchell, Cooper. Parker, Mark E.
x, 125 p.
Nova Science Publishers
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Hauppauge, NY 11788-3619
This book examines the health care needs and social security benefit issues facing children in the foster care system with a focus on Medicaid benefits, private health insurance reforms, and possible legislative changes. Chapter 1 discusses the incidence of medical, social, and behavioral disability in children placed in foster care and shares major health findings concerning this population. An overview is then provided of federal programs and policies that directly or indirectly address some of the health care needs of foster children and young adults, including programs and policies in child welfare, Medicaid, and private health insurance. The chapter concludes with a discussion on issues pertaining to these federal policies. Chapter 2 begins with a discussion of the foster care system and the Social Security benefits available to eligible children, including those in foster care. It describes the role of representative payees and their responsibilities, and provides data on the use of Social Security benefits to reimburse States for child welfare. The impact of the Keffeler decision is explored, as well as proposals supported by some advocates to change the current practice of using SSI and other Social Security benefits to fund foster care. 281 references.
Foster children; Federal laws; Financial assistance; Subsidies; Children with disabilities; SSI; Child health; Medicaid