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COCHS In The News

How the ACA Can Revolutionize Inmate Healthcare

Topic
This article in The Nation that discusses how Medicaid expansion under health reform impacts the health care of the people cycling in and out of jails. Before the ACA, 90 percent of individuals involved in the criminal justice were without health insurance. Now with insurance available for this population, new possibilities are open not only for the jail involved population but also for the providers who treat them.

This article also includes multiple quotes by Ben Butler, COCHS Chief Information Officer. To read the latest article by Ben, 11,2Meaningful Use in Corrections: Unknown Opportunities, click 11,2here.

Author
Maura Ewing, The Nation

'Obamacare' detrás de las rejas ('Obamacare' behind bars)

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This Spanish language article explains how thousands of former detainees will be able to obtain healthcare coverage under Medicaid due to the enactment of the ACA. COCHS' President Steven Rosenberg is quoted along with statistics supplied from this website.

Author
Pedro F. Frisneda, El Diario

FierceHealthIT: HIE A Bridge That Is Needed under Healthcare Reform

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This article, published on FierceHealthIT's website quotes at length the work of COCHS' CIO Ben Butler, HIE A Bridge That Is Needed between Jails and Their Communities: Under Healthcare Reform. This article was published on AHIMA's website, Perspectives in Health Information Management.

Author
Susan D. Hall, FierceHealthIT

Health care for offenders discussed

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This article describes how COCHS is helping Monterey County break down the walls between criminal justice and health care to take full advantage of the Affordable Care Act.

Author
Allison Gatlin, theCalifornian.com

The Prison Health Care Dilemma

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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act grants the incarcerated and those being released from prison a first-ever chance to get comprehensive, continuous health care.

Author
Katti Gray, The Crime Report

RiverStone Health declares takeover of medical services at jail 'very successful transition'

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This article sites COCHS' work as a reason for creating health care connectivity between the Yellowstone County Detention Facility and RiverStone Health, a community health provider.

Author
Cindy Uken, Billings Gazette

Second Opinion: How Do Former Inmates Sign Up For Obamacare?

Topic
Enrollment of former inmates in Medicaid is discussed in relationship to California's prison realignment. The article mentions the COCHS' statistic that 90 percent of inmates leaving corrections will be uninsured.
Author
Megan Burks