The Issue

Many states unnecessarily terminate Medicaid coverage when a person is incarcerated, requiring them to reapply after they are released and resulting in long gaps in coverage. These coverage gaps can effect a person’s health and also make relapse and recidivism more likely. States that do not terminate Medicaid during incarceration promote seamless or near seamless transitions in health coverage as individuals reenter the community.

Current Initiatives

New York City and State
  • Working with the Jacob & Valeria Langeloth Foundation to expand health coverage enrollment in New York’s criminal justice system.

Policy Recommendations

  • No termination of Medicaid during incarceration: All states should adopt policies that keep Medicaid active during an individual’s incarceration. Justice systems should ensure that people have access to their full benefit as soon as they are released from incarceration.

Learn More

To learn more about this issue, visit our Criminal Justice and Health Resources.

To learn more about LAC’s impact, see our Accomplishments.

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