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State Strategies for Establishing Connections to Health Care for Justice Involved Populations: The Central Role of Medicaid

The Commonwealth Fund

This issue brief discusses how Medicaid expansion has led to greater enrollment in health care coverage for justice involved people. Challenges still exist for ensuring that people are able to access health care services once they are in community. Successful examples are provided from a handful of state’s that are working to improve both coverage and care.

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Mass Incarceration Threatens Health Equity in America

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Mass incarceration disproportionately impacts lower-income communities, communities of color and people with disabilities. This study looks at the impact of incarceration on one’s health status including post-release and the impact incarceration is having on children of incarcerated parents. Policy and practice recommendations are provided as to what can be done to help improve health outcomes and equity for this largely overlooked population.

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Colorado Officials Say Obamacare Critical to Criminal Justice Reform

Real Vail

Colorado is at the forefront of ensuring people involved in the justice system are getting enrolled in Medicaid and accessing care. In order to pivot away from the overuse of the criminal justice system, access to healthcare coverage and care is essential.

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I was able to go to the hospital for abscesses without needing to worry about cost. Medicaid has literally saved my life multiple times!

DerekMedicaid Consumer

It’s been good so far. Pays for my methadone and I got a primary care provider.

WalterMedicaid Consumer

It means the world to me and love it and have less stress to deal with. It’s always a good thing to be able to go and get help without worries of money

SheilaMedicaid Consumer

Obamacare has allowed me to go the methadone clinic for free which before being a student, I was without health insurance for a year. So for my generation in my income level it has been great!

CallaMedicaid Consumer

Quick Fact

Over 120,000 individuals are currently involved in the criminal justice system in Colorado. It is estimated 70% of them will be eligible for Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program).