Medicaid expansion will impact Ks. prisons

Less than 1% of inmates are now eligible for care

TOPEKA - The new Medicaid expansion bill, the product of a compromise between Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and some Republican leaders, would change how state prisons and county jails fund health care for prisoners.

By expanding the types of people who can qualify for the program, the bill would extend Medicaid access to 80% to 90% of state prisoners if it passes, according to the Kansas Department of Corrections

Kansas is one of only seven U.S. states that kicks people off of Medicaid when they go to prison or jail. The one exception is when an inmate is hospitalized for more than 24 hours. The DOC or county jails can apply for Medicaid funding to cover part of the cost if the inmate is eligible for the government health care plan.

 

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