Obamacare could reduce cost of corrections
According to a U.S. Department of Justice Official the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, could reduce the cost of incarceration and prisoner re-entry. An article by The Crime Reportstates:
Local and federal governments spend about $80 billion annually on corrections — about $35,000 per inmate, but Amy Solomon, an advisor to the DOJ’s Office of Justice Programs, noted that those receiving continuing healthcare beyond incarceration are significantly less likely to be re-arrested.
Beginning in 2014, Americans who earn up to 133 percent of the federal poverty line and reside in 25 states that have agreed to a Medicaid expansion will qualify for access to the government insurance program. Those who earn up to four times the poverty line will qualify for federally subsidized insurance.
Solomon goes on to say that many times when prisoners are released they are returning to poverty stricken communities where the healthcare they received behind bars fails to continue. Qualifying for the government insurance program could give former inmates their first chance to receive healthcare outside of confinement.