New Rule Extends Medicaid to Former Criminals

White House officials on Thursday announced a new rule that would extend government-funded health care to most people living in halfway houses, providing coverage to nearly 100,000 additional people. (U.S. News & World Report)

The rule clarifies that individuals who are on probation, on parole or in home confinement are not considered inmates of a public institution, and are therefore eligible for Medicaid coverage. (Morning Consult)

Health coverage can “mean life or death” for this population as they are more vulnerable to substance abuse relapse in the two weeks after incarceration, said Michael Botticelli, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.  (USA Today)

Prisons and jails, burdened with ineffective computers, understaffing and complicated Medicaid enrollment procedures, have been slow to sign up released inmates.(Kaiser Health News)

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