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Increasing Access to Health Insurance Coverage for Pre-Trial Detainees and Individuals Transitioning from Correctional Facilities Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Publication year: 2011
Issues surrounding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) “provisions governing individual insurance coverage and subsidies and how they apply to incarcerated persons” are discussed (p.1). It is important to be aware of these especially when dealing with increasing health care costs. Sections of this publication include: perspective; introduction; prisoners and detainees; the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; health benefit exchanges; practical issues; Medicaid and the PPACA; the ”inmate exception”; eligibility determination; implications for coverage; coverage through qualified health plans (QHPs) and standard health plans (SHPs); Medicaid coverage; public policy challenges and opportunities; barriers; expanded access through enrollment; communication of health information; standards of care; oversight; throughcare; conclusion; and an appendix listing potential resources from the PPACA.