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Child Welfare. 2003 May-Jun;82(3):367-92.

Foster care and Medicaid managed care.

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  • 1Child and Adolescent Services Research Center, Children's Hospital, San Diego, CA 92123-4282, USA.


Children in the foster care system are often dependent on Medicaid for health care. These children, however, have more complex health care needs than the typical child receiving Medicaid. States are implementing Medicaid managed care programs as a way to control escalating costs while providing necessary services. This article reviews the issues surrounding delivery of managed health care services to children in foster care and describes several solutions.

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