Hello, young people! Below are some great contacts to help answer questions and resolve issues:
FosterClub has a dedicated team of folks to help you find what you need in Nevada. Call them at 503-717-1552 or email them here. They can help you find resources to help you transition to adulthood and connect you to leadership opportunities.
Healthcare for Former Foster Youth (FFY).Did you know that former foster youth have access to free Medicaid after they turn 18 until their 26th birthday? Qualification for FFY to access Medicaid is not dependant on employment or education status. Check out the #Healthcare FFY campaign for more information about this program!
To download and print the simple, one-page application. Mail your application and supporting documentation to:
Department of Welfare and Supportive Services
Carson City District Office
ATTN: Aging Out Program
2533 Carson Street #200
Carson City, NV 89706
For more information, check out this flyer on Medicaid til 26 in Nevada!
Yes! Nevada has a foster-specific application.
It is significantly easier and shorter than the general Medicaid application. It is only one page long and does not require any income verification. For more information, visit the “How can I apply?” tab.
Nevada does not have auto-coverage renewal.This means that you will need to verify your information annually in order to maintain your coverage until you are 26. Each year, you will be contacted by the Division of Welfare and Supportive Services to redetermine your eligibility. This basically involves a residency question and address verification.
Make sure to update the Division of Welfare and Supportive Services on any changes in your address or contact information! This is extremely important. If you do not respond to the annual verification request, you risk losing your coverage.
Nevada does not have auto-enrollment.This means that, if you are eligible for Medicaid til 26 in Nevada, you will need to complete a new application before you are able to receive health care coverage.
Yes! Nevada provides coverage to relocators.This means that, even if you were in care in another state and then moved to Nevada, you are eligible for Medicaid coverage until the month of your 26th birthday. For more information, visit the “How can I apply?” tab.
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Pandemic Relief Funds - NevadaVisit Website
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NSHE Foster Youth Success InitiativeVisit Website
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Nevada Sibling Bill of RightsVisit Website
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Nevada Systems Advocate (Complaints)Visit Website
Fill out the complaint form using the website and submit online by clicking the button on the bottom of the form. Call FosterClub for additional support at (503)717-1552 or email email@example.com . Here is an explanation of services: ‘The Systems Advocate performs the duties of... Read more