Providing Health Care Coverage for Former Inmates

Providing Health Care Coverage for Former Inmates

By Laura Tobler| Vol . 22, No. 15 / April 2014

NCSL NewsAmong the challenges people being released from correctional facilities face is not having the resources to obtain the health care services they need to be successful in their communities. Inmates have a higher prevalence of behavioral health disorders and chronic and infectious diseases than the general population. These include issues such as mental illness, substance abuse, AIDS and hepatitis C. Most former inmates lack health insurance or the financial means to purchase services such as behavioral health counseling, medication or visits with a health care provider. They also may not have the knowledge or navigational skills needed to access services through the state’s publicly funded behavioral health programs, which are often over-crowded.

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