Many people leaving jail or prison are eligible for Medi-Cal coverage, due to expanded eligibility with the Affordable Care Act, providing them with comprehensive health care services. New programs have been created to target their unique needs, and connect them with a primary care medical home and support. In Solano County, La Clínica North Vallejo has a new program to help formerly incarcerated people transition back to the community.
These programs are showing success in helping people return to their communities and avoid costly returns to jail or prison. Changes to the ACA that cut Medicaid programs would be a threat to the monumental gains that have been made.