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Studies show that persons with mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders are over-represented in jails and prisons around the country. Additionally, research reveals that there are hundreds of thousands of justice –involved individuals who have a drug, mental health, or associated treatment need that went unmet. The Affordable Care Act is a potential game-changer for the criminal justice populations as it provides opportunities for many justice-involved individuals to gain access to healthcare and address their medical and psychological needs.

November 1, 2015: First day of Open Enrollment for 2016 Marketplace coverage.

Open Enrollment only happens once each year and this year’s Open Enrollment period runs from November 1, 2015 through January 31, 2016. We are learning through our technical assistance activities that successful integration of ACA related opportunities into local, state, and federal criminal justice systems (enrollment in coverage, provision of health literacy and health insurance literacy, and access to care) creates an unprecedented possibility for improved health, decreased recidivism, and cost savings for criminal justice systems and communities. The upcoming Open Enrollment period is an excellent opportunity to assist our justice-involved population with signing up for healthcare.

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) developed the following technical assistance strategies to support the reviewing, implementing, and/or refining ACA- related work to increase healthcare enrollment and coverage activities:

(1) Facilitating strategic planning sessions for criminal justice and healthcare professionals to develop the collaborations and framework necessary to examine opportunities and challenges related to the ACA and Medicaid eligibility determination and enrollment;

(2) Facilitating systems mapping processes designed to aid jurisdictions with identifying existing strengths and opportunities for ACA and Medicaid enrollment at each criminal justice decision point;

(3) Prioritizing healthcare enrollment strategies and healthcare connection opportunities for action planning purposes; and

(4) Developing implementation planning for ACA related policy.

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For additional resources go to NIC’s Affordable Care Act.

Posted Fri, Oct 30 2015 7:54 AM by Susan Powell


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