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Improving Access to Medicaid Coverage and Care for Adults Leaving Incarceration

This session provided background information on justice-involved adults and the role of Medicaid when individuals are released back into the community. The presentation described demographic characteristics, health status, and access to care among adults with justice-involvement. Staff also highlighted state approaches for facilitating Medicaid coverage and access to care for adults upon release based on interviews with state Medicaid and corrections agency officials in 16 states. These approaches include Section 1115 demonstration proposals to waive the inmate exclusion to cover pre-release Medicaid services.