Implementing the ACA: How Much Will It Help Vulnerable Adolescents & Young Adults? English A, Scott J, Park MJ. Chapel Hill, NC: Center for Adolescent Health & the Law; and San Francisco, CA: National Adolescent and Young Adult Health Information Center, 2014.
February 28, 2014
Invited presentation on the Affordable Care Act and vulnerable groups of adolescents and young adults — including young people involved in foster care and the juvenile and criminal justice systems and homeless youth — at the UNC Minority Health Conference in Chapel Hill, NC.
November 13, 2013
Invited presentation on the implications of the Affordable Care Act for vulnerable groups of adolescents at the federal Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council.
View the presentation (pdf)
The Center for Adolescent Health & the Law, in collaboration with the Public Policy Analysis Center for Middle Childhood, Adolescent, and Young Adults Health at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF Policy Center) has produced Health Care for Homeless Youth: Policy Options for Improving Access.
The issue brief describes homeless youth, a small but highly vulnerable population with significant health care needs, and the substantial financial and consent and confidentiality barriers these young people experience when trying to access health care services. It explains how health care access can be improved for this population, by describing how Medicaid and SCHIP currently reach adolescents and young adults, and how these two programs can be expanded to help homeless youth. The brief emphasizes the important opportunity presented by options available to the states, such as the Foster Care Independence Act, HIFA waivers, and Ribicoff youth, and summarizes the policy options that can best improve access to health care for homeless youth. It also discusses state minor consent laws and how they could be used to make health care services more accessible to homeless youth.
Youth Leaving Foster Care and Homeless Youth: Ensuring Access to Health Care. English A. Temple Law Review. 2006;79:439-459.
Confidential Health Services for Vulnerable and Disconnected Youth. English A. NOAPPP Network. Vol 24, No. 4, 2004.
Health Care Access for Unaccompanied Youth. Center for Adolescent Health & the Law. In: Julianelle P, Mabe M, Reeg B, Wolfe K. Alone Without a Home: A State-by-State Review of Laws Affecting Unaccompanied Youth. Washington, DC: National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty and National Network for Youth, 2003.
Health Care for the Adolescent Alone: A Legal Landscape. English A. In: Blustein J, Levine C, Dubler NN, eds. The Adolescent Alone: Decision Making in Health Care in the United States. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1999, 78-79.