State health care information for the criminal justice system

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For a glossary of important terms in this profile, review the Key Terms for State Health Care Information for Criminal Justice Systems.

Basic Information on Health Reform in Alabama

 Alabama is not expanding Medicaid coverage to low-income adults effective, as of January 2015.[i]  Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Plan) are safety net health benefit programs available in Alabama.[ii]

Health Insurance Exchange Information: Alabama has a Federally-facilitated Marketplace (FFM).[iii]  People can use the FFM to compare plans, purchase low-cost insurance, and take advantage of federal tax subsidies that apply.

 Eligibility and Enrollment: People in Alabama can apply for and enroll in Medicaid or CHIP any time of year and coverage can begin immediately. They can purchase and enroll in marketplace plans during the annual open enrollment period, which begins November 15th of each year and extends through February 15th.  If they meet certain criteria, such as having been released from custody in the last 90 days, they may be able to enroll in private coverage outside the open enrollment period. There are three ways to see if they meet eligibility requirements and to apply for or enroll in these benefits:

1) They can use Alabama’s online application for free or low cost health benefits.[iv]

2) They can use the online application on the Federally Facilitated Marketplace.[v]

3) They can contact the Marketplace call center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (1-800-318-2596, TTY: 1-855-889-4325).[vi]

 

Alabama Medicaid and Health Insurance Links

Link to the state Medicaid agency website for more information on Medicaid and for application forms to download and print[vii]

Link to important contact information and the Medicaid helpline number (1-800-362-1504, TTY-1-800-253-0799)[viii]

Link to a list with contact information for local Alabama Medicaid district offices, with  maps and directions[ix]

Link to a summary of Alabama’s basic eligibility guidelines[x]

Link to Alabama’s Medicaid State Plan[xi]

Link to the Medicaid Member Handbook on Covered Services[xii]

Link to contact information for the state Medicaid director[xiii]

Link to the Medicaid provider manual[xiv]

 

Where do you apply for coverage on Alabama’s health insurance exchange? Alabama currently does not have its own health insurance exchange. To apply for coverage visit Heathcare.gov[xv]

Where can you find help to enrollment in health coverage and answers to questions? Link to information on finding local assistance [xvi]

 

State Health information

How many people in Alabama are eligible to participate?  According to the Kaiser Foundation, 16% (746,100) of Alabama’s population was uninsured in 2013.[xvii]  There are an estimated 450,000 potential marketplace participants, as of 2015.[xviii]

How many are enrolled so far?  134, 205 have selected a marketplace plan, as of January 2015.[xix]

How many of the state’s uninsured population are eligible for Medicaid? 107,000 of Alabama’s uninsured are eligible for Medicaid; 29,000 of them are adults.[xx]

Is Alabama a Medicaid health home state? Yes, link to for information on health homes in Alabama.[xxi]

Who are the health committee chairs in the state legislature?

House: Rep. April Weaver (R- 49th District) chairs the House Health Committee.[xxii]

Senate: Sen. Gerald Dial (R- 13th District) chairs the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.[xxiii]

 

Other Related Information for Alabama

Link to information on the Alabama Department of Corrections [xxiv]

Link to information about mental health and substance abuse services in Alabama

Link to information about Alabama’s substance abuse services[xxv]

Link to information about Alabama’s mental health services[xxvi]

Link to the Alabama Council of Community Mental Health Boards to get information about Alabama’s mental health and substance use disorder service providers

 

General Information and Useful Links on Health Reform

Kaiser Family Foundation offers information on health reform in each state:

Link to specific health data and insurance coverage information for Alabama [xxvii]

Link to a calculator for possible subsidies available to people who purchase coverage on the exchanges [xxviii]

Link to information about health insurance exchanges in each state [xxix]

 

Government websites that offer useful information on health reform:

 InsureKidsNow.gov offers general information on the CHIP program.[xxx]

Healthcare.gov offers links to local enrollment help and information on coverage for incarcerated people and answers to questions about health benefits.[xxxi]

 Medicaid.gov offers general information on the Medicaid program and a breakdown of mandatory benefits all plans must include. [xxxii]

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) offers an online directory of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) in each state that offer free or low cost care.[xxxiii]

 The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) offers a directory of substance abuse and mental health treatment facilities in each state at: SA-Treatment Facility Locator and at: MH-Treatment Facility Locator.[xxxiv]

SAMHSA also offers the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities, which has information on substance abuse treatment facilities by state, the types of programs available, and services they offer for justice-involved populations.[xxxv]

 

Click here to return to the map of state profiles: state-by-state healthcare profile map

 

[i] See Medicaid.gov, Medicaid by State, Alabama, last viewed on December 15, 2014, at 9:39 a.m., http://www.medicaid.gov/Medicaid-CHIP-Program-Information/By-State/alabama.html.

[ii] See supra at 1.

[iii] See Kaiser Family Foundation, State Decisions on Health Insurance Marketplaces and the Medicaid Expansion, last viewed on December 18, 2014 at 3:52 p.m. http://kff.org/health-reform/state-indicator/state-decisions-for-creating-health-insurance-exchanges-and-expanding-medicaid/.

[iv] See Alabama Department of Human Services, Insure Alabama, last viewed on December 15, 2014, at 9:52 a.m.  https://insurealabama.adph.state.al.us/.

[v] See Healthcare.gov, Create An Account, last viewed on December 15, 2014, at 9:55 a.m., https://www.healthcare.gov/marketplace/b/create-account/.

[vi] See supra at 5.

[vii] See Alabama Medicaid website, last viewed on December 15, 2014, at 9:36 a.m.: http://www.medicaid.alabama.gov/.

[viii] See Alabama Medicaid website, Contact Us, last viewed on December 15, 2014, at 10:19 a.m.: http://www.medicaid.alabama.gov/CONTENT/8.0_Contact/8.1_Medicaid_Contact.aspx.

[ix] See Alabama Medicaid website, Contacts, Locations and Directions, last viewed on December 15, 2014, at 10:19 a.m.: http://www.medicaid.alabama.gov/CONTENT/3.0_Apply/3.3_Contacts_Locations_Directions.aspx.

[x] See CMS, State Medicaid and CHIP Income Eligibility Standards, (For MAGI Groups, based on state decisions as of July 1, 2014), last viewed on December 15, 2014, at 10:07 a.m. (Provides data for all 50 states.)

[xi] See Medicaid.gov, State Resources, Medicaid State Plan Amendments, last viewed on December 15, 2014, at 10:20 a.m.: http://www.medicaid.gov/State-Resource-Center/Medicaid-State-Plan-Amendments/Medicaid-State-Plan-Amendments.html?filterBy=Alabama. (Provides State Plan Amendments and Summaries).

[xii] See Alabama Medicaid website, Programs, Covered Services, last viewed on December 15, 2014, at 10:16 a.m.: http://www.medicaid.alabama.gov/CONTENT/4.0_Programs/4.2_Covered_Services.aspx.

[xiii] See National Association of Medicaid Directors, About Us, State Directors, last viewed on December 15, 2014, at 11:19 a.m.: http://medicaiddirectors.org/about/state-directors. (Includes contact information for the State Medicaid Director of all 50 states.)

[xiv] See Alabama Medicaid website, Providers, Manuals, last viewed at December 15, 2014, at 11:20 a.m., http://www.medicaid.alabama.gov/CONTENT/6.0_Providers/6.7_Manuals.aspx.

[xv] See Healthcare.gov, Create An Account, last viewed on December 15, 2014, at 9:55 a.m., https://www.healthcare.gov/marketplace/b/create-account/.

[xvi]See HealthCare.gov, Get Answers, last viewed at December 15, 2014, at 12:01 p.m., https://www.healthcare.gov/get-answers/.

[xvii] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts, Health Insurance Coverage of the Total Population, last viewed on December 15, 2014, at 11:46 a.m., http://kff.org/other/state-indicator/total-population/?state=AL.

[xviii] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Marketplace Statistics, last viewed on December 19, 2014 at 10:14 a.m. http://kff.org/health-reform/state-indicator/state-marketplace-statistics/

[xix] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Marketplace Statistics, last viewed at December 15, 2014 at 11:55 a.m., http://kff.org/health-reform/state-indicator/state-marketplace-statistics/.

[xx] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts, State Profiles: How Will the Uninsured Fare Under the Affordable Care Act?, last viewed on December 15, 2014, at 11:58 a.m., http://kff.org/interactive/uninsured-gap/.

[xxi] See Medicaid.gov, Approved Health Home State Amendments, last viewed at December 15, 2014, at 12:08 p.m., http://www.medicaid.gov/State-Resource-Center/Medicaid-State-Technical-Assistance/Health-Homes-Technical-Assistance/Approved-Health-Home-State-Plan-Amendments.html.

[xxii] See Alabama State Legislature, last viewed on December 16, 2014, at 10:31 a.m., http://www.legislature.state.al.us/house/housecommittees.html#Anchor-BANKIN-22612

[xxiii] See Alabama State Senate, last viewed on December 16, 2014, at 10:32, http://www.legislature.state.al.us/senate/senatecommittees/senatecommittees.html#anchor546550

[xxiv] See Alabama Department of Corrections, last viewed on December 16, 2014, at 10:35 a.m., http://www.doc.state.al.us/

[xxv] See Alabama.gov, Department of Mental Health, last viewed on December 16, 2014, at 10:39 a.m., http://www.mh.alabama.gov/sa/

[xxvi] See Alabama.gov, Department of Mental Health, last viewed on December 16, 2014, at 10:44 a.m., http://www.mh.alabama.gov/

[xxvii] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts, last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: http://kff.org/state-category/health-reform/?state=AL.

[xxviii]  See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Insurance Marketplace Profiles, January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: http://kff.org/state-health-marketplace-profiles/.

[xxix]   See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Insurance Marketplace Profiles, January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: http://kff.org/state-health-marketplace-profiles/.

[xxx]   See InsureKidsNow.gov, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:37 p.m.: http://www.insurekidsnow.gov/chip/index.html.

[xxxi]  See Healthcare.gov, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: https://localhelp.healthcare.gov/ and https://www.healthcare.gov/incarcerated-people/.

[xxxii] See Medicaid.gov, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m., http://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid-chip-program-information/medicaid-and-chip-program-information.html.

[xxxiii] See Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Find a Health Center, last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:40 p.m.: http://www.bphc.hrsa.gov/.

xxxvi  See SAMSHA Treatment Facility Locator, last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:40 p.m.: http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/TreatmentLocator/faces/quickSearch.jspx and http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/MHTreatmentLocator/faces/quickSearch.jspx

xxxvii See SAMHSA N-SSATS last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:45 p.m.: http://www.samhsa.gov/data/substance-abuse-facilities-data-nssats.

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