Continuity of care for the incarcerated
August 7, 2014 § 1 Comment
In a guest blog post for Healthcare for All, our Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs Melissa Shannon explores a longstanding federal law that terminates Medicaid and Medicare coverage for anyone who is incarcerated. Because of this law, Melissa says that many inmates have trouble reconnecting with their health insurance and accessing proper treatment for substance abuse and mental health once they have been released.
In her post, Melissa reports that recent changes to language included in the 2015 state budget will require that Massachusetts Medicaid (MassHealth) benefits be merely suspended when someone is incarcerated and immediately reactivated upon their release. This change, she says, should be a big step forward in ensuring continuity of care for recently released inmates, but questions still remain.
To read Melissa’s full blog post, visit Healthcare for All’s blog.