Health Care Reform: What’s Next for Corrections?

Source: Donna Strugar-Fritsch, Correct Care, Vol. 26 no. 4, Fall 2012
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President Obama’s reelection and the Supreme Court’s ruling this past summer have solidified the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare” or “the ACA”) as the law of the land. A few states continue challenges to parts of the ACA but most of its key provisions will soon apply to all Americans. The ACA provides several new options for inmate health care and also will likely lead to new challenges for prisons and jails in providing constitutionally sound health care to inmates. This article provides an overview of key elements of the ACA that relate to corrections, insight into their implications and actions that prisons and jails should consider.