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Behavioral and Developmental Health Problems and Medicaid Costs for Youth Approaching Adulthood

This study includes information for all youth enrolled in Medicaid at age 18 in selected states.

The purpose of this paper is to describe the use and cost of Medicaid behavioral and developmental health services for youth approaching adulthood (at age 18), and to examine differences between groups in these measures. The paper focuses particularly on gender differences and differences between SSI youth, foster care youth, and other youth. This information is important in understanding the health needs of the young people who will be newly entitled to Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

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