County Jails and the Affordable Care Act: Enrolling Eligible Individuals in Health Coverage
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Aug. 27, 2012
ANNOTATION: “In 2014 the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) will provide new health insurance coverage options for millions of individuals through an expansion of Medicaid eligibility and the establishment of state-based health insurance exchanges. This brief will examine ways that counties may be involved in eligibility determination and enrollment processes for these newly eligible individuals, focusing particularly on issues related to enrolling qualified individuals held in county jails as pre-adjudicated detainees and inmates preparing to reenter the community” (p. 2). Sections of this brief include: introduction; Affordable Care Act (ACA) coverage expansion and potential effects on county jails; Medicaid inpatient billing for incarcerated individuals; enrollment processes and procedures for newly eligible individuals; issues related to enrolling county jail inmates eligible for health coverage; potential model eligibility and enrollment systems and processes; key local criminal justice stakeholders to involve in planning for 2014 health system changes; steps ones county can pursue to prepare for enrolling justice-involved individuals; and conclusion.