HHS guidance improves access to Medicaid for people in the criminal justice system reentering their communities

April 27, 2016

HHS issued guidance that updates a decades-old policy and clarifies that individuals who are currently on probation, parole or in home confinement are not considered inmates of a public institution. It also extends coverage to Medicaid-eligible individuals living in community halfway houses where they have freedom of movement, improving access to care for as many as 96,000 individuals in Medicaid expansion states over the course of the year. According to a report released by HHS, there are 2.2 million people currently incarcerated and 4.7 million people under probation or parole in the U.S. Because over 95% of incarcerated individuals will eventually return to the community, their access to quality health care post-release is an important public health issue.
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