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Key Elements of the Affordable Care Act: Interface with Correctional Settings and Inmate Health Care

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'Understanding the key elements of the Affordable Care Act and how it will affect corrections and correctional health care is critical as planning and implementation progress ' Several provisions of the act have direct and indirect effects on the corrections profession, inmate health care and reentry provisions, thereby making it essential that correctional leaders carefully engage their state governments and community partners ' This document provides an overview of the key elements of the Affordable Care Act that affect correctional organizations and inmate health care, now and in the future ' While state-specific considerations will affect planning and implementation of the Affordable Care Act, this document provides basic information that correctional leaders should understand' (p. 1). Sections address: the Affordable Care Act coverage expansions--coverage for children up to age 27, Medicaid expansion, and subsidized non-group coverage; health insurance exchanges; and implications for corrections organizations'reentry objections, contracting with health care vendors, budget and fiscal considerations, engaging in state-based exchange planning, changes in work processes, and health care work force challenges.

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16 pages