On January 26, 2023, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services approved California’s request to amend the California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal Section 1115 demonstration. This expert perspective describes the amendment, a centerpiece of which is approval for California Medicaid to provide a targeted set of Medicaid services to youth and adults in state prisons, county jails, and youth correctional facilities for up to 90 days prior to release. By providing re-entry services to Medicaid-enrolled individuals who are incarcerated, California aims to build a bridge to community-based care for justice-involved enrollees, offering them services to stabilize their physical and behavioral health conditions and establishing, prior to release, a re-entry plan for their community-based care.
Howard Testifies Before Congress
Heather Howard, director of the State Health Reform Assistance Network, testified before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health on September 12, 2012, as part of the Congressional subcommittee’s hearing on Implementation of Health Insurance Exhcanges and Related Provisions. Her testimony focused on state progress in exchange implementation and collaboration between the states and federal officials.