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Medicaid Coverage and County Jails: Understanding Challenges and Opportunities for Improving Health Outcomes for Justice-Involved Individuals - NACo 2018 

03-19-2018 17:12

The National Association of Counties (NACo) released this report to educate federal policymakers on issues around Medicaid and justice-involved individuals. NACo points out that the key messages to advocates are that increasing flexibility in Medicaid: (1) is crucial to helping counties fulfill their safety net obligations to justice-involved individuals and improve health outcomes; (2) would allow for improved coordination of care while simultaneously decreasing short-term costs to local taxpayers and long-term costs to the federal government; and (3) would help counties break the cycle of recidivism caused or exacerbated by untreated mental illness and/or substance abuse, thereby improving public safety. 





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