On December 6, 2012, in Washington DC, Community Oriented Correctional Health Services (COCHS) and the National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF) invited leaders from public safety, community health, health plans, racial and ethnic advocacy groups, philanthropy, and all levels of government to explore the intersection of health reform and criminal justice. In particular, we discussed Medicaid expansion and the creation of health insurance exchanges, which could impact health disparities for minority populations in criminal justice settings. Justice-involved individuals suffer from disproportionately high rates of chronic disease and are largely uninsured; demographically, they tend to be nonwhite and male. Comprehensive health benefits for physical and behavioral health care services, and new terms of eligibility, can reinvent the way care is delivered to this population, potentially reducing the chance of future incarceration, and decreasing costs in both the criminal justice and public health sectors.
Addressing Health Disparities
Among the Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations in Jails