Magazine article Corrections Forum

Federal Health Care Law Should Help with Jail Inmate Treatment

Magazine article Corrections Forum

Federal Health Care Law Should Help with Jail Inmate Treatment

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The Crime Report

The new federal Affordable Care Act offers "an incredible opportunity to build on pockets of progress" in improving health care for jail inmates, says Assistant Attorney General Laurie Robinson. Speaking to a conference on the issue in Washington, D. C. on November 17th, Robinson noted that although inmates "have a constitutional right to health care, federal benefits are either suspended or terminated once a person goes behind bars." Jail and prison resources to provide care vary widely. Robinson said the new health care law provides the opportunity for more continuity of care for prisoners.

By the time federal regulations implementing the law are complete in 2014, she said, "the obstacles to coverage may be eliminated for detainees, and so community-based providers will have an incentive to work closely with jails and prisons to serve the needs of their populations. …

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