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Medicaid Enrollment Programs Offer Hope to Formerly Incarcerated Individuals and Savings for States

Health Affairs Blog

Access to healthcare coverage has improved for justice involved people in states where Medicaid has been expanded. States have also able to cost shift some healthcare services for justice involved people to Medicaid. This blog encourages all states to take advantage of the benefits that Medicaid expansion can have not just for justice involved people, but also state budgets.

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Bringing Health Care to People Leaving the Criminal Justice System Through In-Reach Programs

The Commonwealth Fund

Justice involved people have higher rates of chronic health conditions yet under-utilize healthcare services in the community. This article highlights work being done in Ohio focused on in-reach efforts, meaning care managers work with individuals while they are still incarcerated, to improve access to healthcare services once they are released.

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Targeting Justice-Involved Populations through 1115 Medicaid Waiver Initiatives: Implementation Experiences of Three States

State Health Access Data Assistance Center

There are currently 10 states that are focused on justice involved individuals through 1115 Medicaid waivers in efforts to improve continuity of care as people transition from prisons and jails into the community. Five other states are pending 1115 Medicaid waiver approval. This article highlights the work being done in Illinois, Texas and Washington and how lessons learned can be applied to other states.

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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).