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Medicaid’s Evolving Role in Advancing the Health of People Involved in the Justice System

The Commonwealth Fund

Access to healthcare coverage has improved for justice involved people in particular in states where Medicaid has been expanded. There are still gaps in connecting people to care upon release. This article explores potential federal policy fixes and Medicaid waivers that could improve access to care in a timely manner for individuals being released from prison and/or jail.

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Prison and Jail Reentry and Health

Health Affairs

People reentering communities after incarceration are sicker than the general population and face barriers to accessing health care and other supports. Along with criminal justice reform, policy makers must work to improve evidence-based reentry programming that supports healthy people and communities..

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Understanding Health Reform as Justice Reform: Medicaid, Care Coordination and Community Supervision

The Square One Project

This paper highlights the potential impact Medicaid and improved access to healthcare services can have on reforming the overuse of the criminal justice system and improving health outcomes for justice involved people.

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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!

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

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

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!

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).