More jails signing up inmates to Obamacare

March 01, 2015
According to MSNBC, 10,000 people have received health coverage as a result of applications that got started in Illinois's Cook County Jail, the largest single-site jail in the country. Chicago was one of the first places in the country to enroll individuals in Obamacare's Medicaid expansion through the criminal justice system, as Illinois got permission from the Obama administration to expand the program early in Cook County. Similar programs to enroll inmates have also sprung up in California, Oregon, Colorado, Minnesota, Connecticut, Utah, New Jersey, Maryland, and Kentucky, according to the National Association of Counties.