Medicaid Expansion To Cover Many Former Prisoners

Kaiser Health News staff writer Guy Gugliotta, working in collaboration with The Washington Post, reports: "When Medicaid expands next year under the federal health law to include all adults living close to the poverty line, one group of eligible beneficiaries will be several million men and women who have spent time in state and federal prisons and jails. The Department of Justice estimates former inmates and detainees will comprise about 35 percent of the people who will qualify for Medicaid coverage in the states expanding their programs to anyone earning less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level, or about $15,000 for an individual in 2013. The Congressional Budget Office estimated earlier this year  that 9 million people will get that new coverage next year" (Gugliotta, 12/4). Read the story.

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