How Medicaid Expansion Can Lower Prison Costs, Recidivism

“Expansion states are taking advantage of the chance to cover outside hospitalizations that cost their states millions, as well as the opportunity to enroll parolees in Medicaid. Studies show health care keeps them from returning to prison…Reports from state health agencies that found Medicaid expansion would save hundreds of millions over a decade from inpatient care in outside health facilities.”

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Even States Not Expanding Medicaid Will See Surge In Spending, Enrollment

Medicaid enrollment is expected to surge by nearly 12 percent next year in states expanding the program under the health law, but even states that will not expand eligibility project a 5 percent jump in the number of people enrolled in the state-federal health insurance program for the poor, according to a new report issued Monday.

Read the full news story from Kaiser Health News here.