Advancing New Opportunities:
Health Reform and Criminal Justice
On April 3, 2014, inWashington D.C., COCHS and Health Affairs Health held Advancing New Opportunities: Health Reform and Criminal Justice. Keynote speakers at the conference included former Assistant Attorney General, Tony West and Michael Bottecelli, Director of National Drug Control Policy at the White House under President Obama. In March of 2014, Health Affairs, working with COCHS, published its first-ever cluster of articles on health and healthcare for the jail-involved, with special attention to the implications of Medicaid expansion.
Conference panelists reviewed the salient health and criminal justice policy issues that affect the jail-involved population and provided an overview of initiatives that jurisdictions have undertaken to leverage health reform. In addition, panelist discussed the impact of the ACA on eligibility and enrollment into Medicaid and exchange plans as well as steps that jurisdictions have taken to integrate community and jail health systems. The final panel highlighted the role of health information technology for improving continuity of care and information-sharing.