More than 2 million adults are incarcerated in American jails and prisons on any given day, and 4.7 million are on probation or parole. Many of them have a chronic health condition, mental health problem, or substance dependence. The Affordable Care Act offers opportunities to improve the access to and quality of health care for individuals involved in the criminal justice system.
We talked about these opportunities in our live video conversation with Jennie Sutcliffe of the Shriver Center, Sarah Somers of the National Health Law Program, and Katy Welter of the Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice. We discussed the intersection of the Affordable Care Act and the criminal justice system, including eligibility for health insurance programs, points in the justice system to assess health care options, and advocacy opportunities.
Be sure to read our guests' Clearinghouse article on the topic, Unlocking the Affordable Care Act's Potential for Justice-Involved Individuals.