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Due to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (PPACA) Medicaid eligibility requirements, Medicaid eligibility will be easier for states to secure for prison inmates hospitalized in a community hospital or rehabilitation facility for more than 24 hours. The new process, in states that are expanding Medicaid eligibility to low-income uninsured adults, requires that states determine whether or not an inmate meets the Medicaid income and asset criteria. Previously, states could claim Medicaid reimbursement for inmates (and other individuals in state custody) hospitalized in a community-based facility for 24 hours or more, but only if the . . .
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