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The Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act and Criminal Justice: Intersections and Implications (Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice, July 2012)
  • BJA White Paper discussing implications of the Affordable Care Act in criminal justice settings.
Beginning the Conversation: The Affordable Care Act, Medicaid Expansion and Your Justice Agency (Webinar; National Criminal Justice Association)
  • Listen to a recorded NCJA webinar highlighting how the expansion of health coverage can be leveraged to enhance public safety. This webinar provides attendees with a basic understanding of the new law, implications of Medicaid expansion and detailed information on how expanded coverage could impact state and local justice agencies. In addition, this webinar will highlight efforts currently underway in the corrections field to take advantage of Medicaid eligibility expansion.
Can Obamacare Reduce the Cost of Corrections? (The Crime Report; 2013)
  • The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has the potential to dramatically reduce costs associated with incarceration and prisoner re-entry, a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) official said Monday at a conference on health care and corrections at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.
Expanding Treatment: How the Affordable Care Act Can Impact Criminal Justice Systems (Webinar; National Criminal Justice Association)
  • Listen to a recorded NCJA webinar examining how the expansion of Medicaid and creation of insurance exchanges may impact state and local criminal justice systems.
The Implications of the Affordable Care Act on People Involved with the Criminal Justice System (2013)
  • This brief provides an overview of the implications of the ACA for adults involved with the criminal justice system, as well as information about how professionals in the criminal justice field can help this population access the services now available to them.
National Institute of Corrections ACA Web Resource Page
  • National Institute of Corrections (NIC) webpage provides updated information and resources related to the Affordable Care Act and corrections.
NIC's Health Reform and Public Safety Webinar Series
  • With the advent of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, it is possible for millions of low-income, justice-involved individuals to obtain health care or insurance coverage for their physical and behavioral health needs. This far reaching system change will affect every decision point in the criminal justice system, from arrest to reentry. Criminal Justice professionals and Health Care professionals alike have a role in helping these individuals determine eligibility and facilitate enrollment.

    NIC is pleased to offer a series of webinars that delve into health reform issues in a criminal justice or corrections setting. The series consists of three webinars:

    • Health Literacy: Enhancing Access to Health Care for Justice Involved Individuals
    • Eligibility and Enrollment How Does this Act Actually Work
    • Medicaid Administrative Claiming and Targeted Case Management: Opportunities for Public Safety

    The webinars were originally broadcast in 2014. All three plus the entire Health Reform and Public Safety: New Opportunities and Better Outcomes broadcast are now available on the NIC website (as of 1/21/16).
SAMHSA Health Reform guide
  • SAMHSA website addresses how the Affordable Care Act affects behavioral health.
Steven Rosenberg: Implications of the Affordable Care Act for the Criminal Justice System (Vera Institute of Justice, 2014)
  • Steve Rosenberg, president of Community Oriented Correctional Health Services (COCHS), talks with David Cloud of Vera's Substance Use and Mental Health program about the opportunities under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to improve access to healthcare services for criminal justice-involved populations, as a way to improve both public health and public safety.
Webinar: The Affordable Care Act: Implications for the Criminal Justice System (Presented by the Council of State Governments' Justice Center, 2013)
  • People involved with the criminal justice system experience high rates of communicable and chronic disease, as well as mental health and substance use disorders. However, criminal justice practitioners often have difficulty connecting this largely low-income and uninsured population to necessary health care services. Beginning in 2014, many of these individuals will gain new access to health insurance as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). This webinar features experts from the Center for Health Care Strategies, who will give an overview of the key provisions of the law and provide steps that criminal justice professionals can take now to prepare for the implementation of the applicable ACA provisions next year.