DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — State officials say they are setting up a process in which inmates will be enrolled in a public health insurance program upon their release from prison.
Katrina McKibbin, an assistant deputy director for the Corrections Department, said the new effort is intended to help former inmates cope with life outside prison and obtain services, such as mental health and drug addiction treatment.
The initiative is possible because of the federal Affordable Care Act, which has funded an expansion of Iowa's Medicaid program. Most adults previously didn't qualify for Medicaid, but single adults now qualify if they earn less than about $16,000 annually.
Officials will help inmates complete applications soon before they're released and notify human services officials so coverage can begin when inmates are paroled.