Brief Ohio’s Medicaid Pre-Release Enrollment Program
Medicaid Areas of Flexibility to Provide Coverage and Care to Justice-Involved Populations
Jesse Jannetta, Jane B. Wishner, Rebecca Peters
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Many states have expanded Medicaid eligibility to reach a wider array of vulnerable and historically uninsured populations. While Medicaid cannot pay for medical services provided in prisons or jails, people who are arrested and incarcerated can enroll in Medicaid and become eligible for benefits in the community. Given the high prevalence of mental health issues, substance abuse, and chronic health conditions among criminal justice populations, providing health care services to them could improve public health and public safety outcomes. This brief describes how Ohio uses peer Medicaid educators in the prisons, facilitates Medicaid managed care plan selection before release, and conducts pre-release transition planning for people with serious chronic health condition
Research Areas Crime, justice, and safety Health and health care
Tags Corrections Community-based care
Policy Centers Justice Policy Center Health Policy Center