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The Affordable Care Act: Implications for Public Safety and Corrections Populations
“The Affordable Care Act (ACA) signed into law by the President in 2011 potentially can aid individuals who are at risk for incarceration and those who have been incarcerated through provisions that allow states to expand eligibility for Medicaid. The ACA creates new mechanisms for uninsured people to obtain coverage for physical and behavioral health care” (p. 1). This report discusses: what the ACA entails; health issues and correctional populations—cycling in and out of correctional facilities, the ACA and correctional health care, and the ACA and incarceration disparities; and prospects for improved access to health care.