Ohio pushes Medicaid sign-ups for inmates

July 28, 2015

Three state agencies in Ohio are pushing to get the majority of the roughly 21,000 people who are released from prison every year enrolled in Medicaid up to 90 days before they walk out the door, The Columbus Dispatch reports, as services don't begin until they are released, unless they are hospitalized. Having a Medicaid card means former prisoners immediately qualify for healthcare, mental-health services and prescription drugs. In the past, ex-offenders were typically released with a small supply of their medications and had to go to county agencies to apply for healthcare services, a process that often took 45 days or longer.