Former inmates getting healthcare through Medicaid under ACA, study finds

December 06, 2015

A growing number of former inmates are getting Medicaid coverage, which benefits both them and society, a report suggests. This study found that in one year, a small number of programs designed to ease Medicaid enrollment helped more than 112,000 people newly released from prison or jail - mostly men - get coverage previously not available to them. Currently, only 30 states and the District of Columbia have expanded Medicaid eligibility. Most jurisdictions in those locations do not have other programs to help newly released inmates get coverage, according to the authors of the study published in Health Affairs. If such programs are expanded to more parts of the U.S., even more former inmates will have access to healthcare. Not only would that improve their well-being, but research suggests it may reduce their risk of re-offending, the researchers said.