Jan 162014

The Atlantic examines how Obamacare could drastically improve the lives of former prisoners. Many will be eligible for Medicaid if they live in a state that has chosen to expand the program, while others may be able to purchase subsidized coverage from the exchanges. Most of the people coming out of prison are men without children at home who, in the past, would not have qualified for any public health care program. They often had access to health care only when they were incarcerated. A significant percentage of this population suffers from mental illness and chemical dependency, access to health care in the community could go a long way towards reducing recidivism rates. As the article notes, it may be challenging to actually connect former inmates to health care services, but that’s a better problem to have than a total lack of coverage options.

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