Returning citizens are often released into society with not much more than the clothes on their backs. Prison staff members are often unaware of whether or not each inmate suffers from chronic problems with physical health, mental health, or substance use. It is important that people have access to health care after incarceration because living in a restricted setting for an extended period of time can limit a person's ability to care for themselves without the help of trained professionals.
Acquiring health coverage can be confusing for those who are released from extensive incarceration. In order to make the process as smooth and straightforward as possible, it is important that inmates are provided with resources on how health insurance works and what their options are in terms of medical care upon release.
As a formerly incarcerated individual, you can apply for Medicaid coverage through Marketplace. There are 3 ways to apply for Medicaid:
Online, at either HealthCare.gov or your state’s Marketplace website. (Get a checklist that will help you gather needed information before you apply (PDF).)
With a Marketplace paper application (PDF) that you fill out and mail in.
Directly through your state Medicaid office. Use the “Get state information” dropdown menu on this Medicaid page to get contact information for your state Medicaid office.