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March 5, 2015

Enrolling in Obamacare is a Breeze if You’re in Prison

Bloomberg: “At least six states and counties from Maryland to Oregon’s Multnomah are getting inmates coverage under Obamacare and [Medicaid]. The fledgling movement would shift to the federal government some of the more than $6.5 billion in annual state costs for treating prisoners.”

“Proponents say it also will make recidivism rarer, because inmates released with coverage are more likely to get treatment for mental illness, substance abuse and other conditions that can lead them to crime.”

“In the 25 states that expanded the [Medicaid] program under the Affordable Care Act, eligibility extends to many of the people most apt to be in jail or prison.”

“Getting [inmates] covered is just one way that state and local governments are using the health-care overhaul to save money.”

Former Senator Kent Conrad (D-North Dakota) commented: “It starts to look a little like a scheme by the states and local jurisdictions to avoid responsibilities that are really theirs.”

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