Corrections and Medicaid Partnerships: Strategies to Enroll Justice-Involved Populations
Many individuals involved in the criminal justice system are now eligible for Medicaid in states that expanded the Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act. Health coverage can provide individuals who are leaving incarceration with access to physical and behavioral health services critical to their successful reentry into the community. In some states, correctional agencies have partnered with Medicaid agencies to implement procedures to begin the Medicaid application process as individuals are nearing their incarceration release dates. This webinar features three states—Colorado, New Mexico and Wisconsin—that have initiated efforts to enroll justice-involved individuals in health coverage and explores some of the following questions:
- How are states developing procedures to enroll justice-involved individuals in Medicaid, and what types of policy or process changes have they implemented?
- What specific assistance is provided to incarcerated individuals who are enrolling in health coverage and how are applications processed?
- What strategies have been most successful for states, and what are some of the operational challenges that states are in the process of addressing?
- What types of interagency partnerships and coordination are needed to facilitate the enrollment of justice-involved individuals?
- How are states promoting access to care for the justice-involved population upon their release from incarceration?