Improving Health Care Linkages for Persons: The Cook County Jail Medicaid Enrollment Initiative

Lauren E. Riedel, Colleen L. Barry, Emma E. McGinty, Sachini N. Bandara, Daniel W. Webster, Robert E. Toone, Haiden A. Huskamp

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The Affordable Care Act has created an unprecedented opportunity to enroll criminal justice-involved individuals in Medicaid. Many jurisdictions within Medicaid expansion states are launching efforts to enroll this population in health insurance and provide connections to services in the community. This study examined one early initiative to enroll individuals in Medicaid during the intake process at the Cook County Jail in Illinois. Several elements were identified as critical to the program’s success: key early planning decisions made within the context of a cross-agency group, a high level of dedication among partnering organization leaders, program buy-in among security personnel, and the unique way in which Cook County verifies inmate identity for Medicaid enrollment purposes. These features can potentially guide other jurisdictions attempting to implement similar initiatives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)189-199
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Correctional Health Care
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2016


  • Affordable Care Act
  • Medicaid
  • criminal justice-involved individuals
  • health policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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