Using Medicaid to Prevent Recidivism in States’ Corrections Systems

Source: Debra Miller, Council of State Governments, E-newsletter Issue #145, October 9, 2014

Since 1997, states have been able to bill for Medicaid-enrolled inmates who leave prisons or jails longer than 24 hours for health treatment in a hospital or nursing facility. That provision is an important but little-known exception to the federal prohibition on spending Medicaid funds for health services to inmates of state prisons and local jails, according to Dr. Nicole Jarrett, who spoke at September’s CSG Medicaid Leadership Policy Academy.