- Associated Press - Friday, October 24, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A new report says more than 3,000 young adults in Nebraska may qualify for Medicaid coverage under a provision of the federal health care law, but only 3 percent of that group is currently enrolled.

The group Nebraska Appleseed released the report Friday in advance of a legislative hearing on coverage for youths who have aged out of foster care.

The Affordable Care Act allows youths who were in foster care to receive Medicaid coverage until age 26. It’s similar to another provision of the law that lets youths stay on their parents’ plans until they turn 26.

Sen. Sue Crawford of Bellevue is conducting a legislative study to see what can be done to inform young people about the option and to make it easier for them to enroll.

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