Optimizing Insurance Coverage for Detainees and Inmates Postrelease
Most prison inmates and a large proportion of jail detainees and jail inmates lack health insurance, yielding worse health care access postrelease, disruptions in continuity of care for serious conditions, and worse health outcomes. Lack of insurance coverage postrelease, particularly for mental health and substance abuse services, increases the risk of rearrest, resulting in a vicious, costly cycle of recidivism. The Affordable Care Act creates unprecedented opportunities for improving health care coverage for correctional populations postrelease. NCCHC's new position statement articulates our stance on optimizing health insurance coverage and continuity as a means for improving health care for correctional populations.