Presumptive Eligibility for Individuals Involved in the Justice System

This brief is for public safety leaders, state Medicaid agency personnel, and policymakers who work on issues related to criminal justice and behavioral health. Individuals who are released from jail or prison can rapidly be enrolled into Medicaid so that coverage begins immediately upon release. This document explains the process for this—presumptive eligibility—and provides guidance for implementation.

TASC’s Medicaid Policy Series is designed to help leaders maximize the opportunities of Medicaid expansion in order to more swiftly and effectively connect justice populations to healthcare services in the community. The lead author of the series is TASC Administrator of Medicaid Policy and Program Development Sherie Arriazola.

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