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Prison Health Director Points Working Group to Medicaid Expansion State Solutions for Former Inmates

Public Radio Tulsa

By Matt Trotter

The Oklahoma Healthcare Working Group on Wednesday dug into the issue of prison health care and the sudden lack of care inmates face when they get out. It’s rare for former inmates to have insurance, and few meet the eligibility requirements for Medicaid. Adults in Oklahoma must earn no more than 42% of the federal poverty level and be either 65 years old, blind, disabled, pregnant or caring for a child. Inmates typically leave Oklahoma prisons with up to a 60-day supply of currently prescribed medications and either information about their health conditions or referrrals to health providers. Oklahoma is also among a minority of states that terminates Medicaid benefits upon incarceration.

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