Over 6 million adults are supervised by the United States correctional system on any given day. Approximately 3.7 million of those adults are on probation and serve their sentences while living in the community. People involved in the correctional system are more likely to have a chronic condition, substance use disorders, or mental illness and are at higher risk of being uninsured when compared with the general population.
Researchers from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health recently assessed the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) among U.S. adults with probation by estimating insurance coverage for individuals with and without probation. The findings were published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.
The study found:
“Given the disproportionate amount of people from racial and ethnic minority and other marginalized backgrounds who are involved in the correctional system, the question of health insurance coverage for individuals recently on probation is an important one for understanding health inequity,” said study co-author and assistant professor, Dr. Rachel Hardeman. “The findings of our study illustrate the critical role of Medicaid expansion in reducing inequity in health insurance coverage for people on probation.”Friday Letter Submission