Health Care Can Be Key To A Better Life For Former Inmates

Juanita Alvarado (right), a community health worker at the Transitions Clinic in San Francisco, helps a patient.i i

hide captionJuanita Alvarado (right), a community health worker at the Transitions Clinic in San Francisco, helps a patient.


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Juanita Alvarado (right), a community health worker at the Transitions Clinic in San Francisco, helps a patient.

Juanita Alvarado (right), a community health worker at the Transitions Clinic in San Francisco, helps a patient.

courtesy of Transitions Clinic

A San Francisco law now permits the sheriff’s department to enroll inmates in health insurance policies under the Affordable Care Act — policies designed to cover medical care after a prisoner’s release. Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi believes that making sure people have health coverage when they leave jail will help keep them from committing another crime and coming back.

One inmate — Sophia — recently requested help signing up for a health plan. Sophia, who asked that her last name not be used, was caught driving a stolen car in January and sentenced to three months in San Francisco’s county jail. She says she stopped getting treatment for her mental health problems and substance abuse after her health insurance expired.

“It stopped in December and I didn’t get it reinstated,” Sophia says. “So I didn’t address

Article source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/06/12/317443878/health-care-can-be-key-to-a-better-life-for-former-inmates?ft=1&f=131849999

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