• The Heritage Network
    • Resize:
    • A
    • A
    • A
  • Donate
  • Obamacare: Insurance for Inmates?



    Even as the country prepares for the launch of Obamacare’s new entitlements tomorrow, research from the non-profit Center for Health Care Strategies reveals that millions of inmates could receive health insurance under the new entitlements.

    Slide 10 of the presentation, which discusses the impact of the Medicaid expansion on the criminal justice population, notes that “Medicaid can pay for inpatient treatment for inmates/detainees who would otherwise be eligible for Medicaid.” Slide 14 cites Bureau of Justice Statistics data to demonstrate that there were 11.6 million admissions to local jails during a recent 12-month period, and that “approximately 60 percent of jail inmates had pre-arrest personal income” that would allow them to qualify for Medicaid under Obamacare.

    Slide 15 explains what it all means:



    As the slide deck notes, whether inmates qualify for Medicaid depends on whether states expand their Medicaid programs—and whether they receive Medicaid treatment while incarcerated depends upon whether state programs allow for Medicaid coverage of inmates. But the facts are clear—as many as 6 million to 7 million inmates could qualify for Medicaid after their incarceration, and some of these could qualify for Medicaid while serving as inmates. And if “jail inmates could represent 30% of the 2014 Medicaid expansion,” as the presentation alleges, that would represent a significant chunk of the $710 billion in spending on Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion over the next decade.

    Posted in Capitol Hill, Obamacare [slideshow_deploy]

    Comments are closed.

    Comments are subject to approval and moderation. We remind everyone that The Heritage Foundation promotes a civil society where ideas and debate flourish. Please be respectful of each other and the subjects of any criticism. While we may not always agree on policy, we should all agree that being appropriately informed is everyone's intention visiting this site. Profanity, lewdness, personal attacks, and other forms of incivility will not be tolerated. Please keep your thoughts brief and avoid ALL CAPS. While we respect your first amendment rights, we are obligated to our readers to maintain these standards. Thanks for joining the conversation.

    Big Government Is NOT the Answer

    Your tax dollars are being spent on programs that we really don't need.

    I Agree I Disagree ×

    Get Heritage In Your Inbox — FREE!

    Heritage Foundation e-mails keep you updated on the ongoing policy battles in Washington and around the country.