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The ACA Is Helping Prison Inmates Get Help

The ACA Is Helping Prison Inmates Get HelpThere are a lot of reasons why people turn to crime. There’s the excitement of trying to get away with something, greed, anger, and desperation, but for a large number of crimes the reason stems from drug addiction, alcoholism, and other mental diseases like schizophrenia. In these cases, jail time and other punishments can’t do anything to prevent repeat offenses because they don’t address the underlying reason why they happen.

Instead, when a person commits a crime because of a mental condition, the only way to prevent more crimes is to get that person into a psychiatric treatment program. Unfortunately, prison populations have always lagged behind when it comes to health care coverage and mental disorder treatments. In part this is because prison inmates tend to come from poorer backgrounds, but it also has to do with the amount of access they have to health care.

Fortunately, the Affordable Care Act is improving access to mental health treatments among the groups who need it most. As it turns out, the provision that’s doing the most good for inmates with mental diseases is the one that lets teens and young adults get coverage from their parents’ insurance plan until the age of 26. Many of the most serious mental disorders begin during a person’s teens and early 20s, and this extended coverage allows at-risk young adults to get affordable treatment even if it takes a few years to discover the problem.

Another way inmates and former inmates can get better access to therapy and psychiatric medications is with a USA Rx pharmacy discount card. Signing up for our program is completely free, and the only information we need from you is your name and an email address. In exchange, you’ll get access to discounts of up to 75 percent on prescription medications, including those used to treat addictions and other mental disorders. You can find out more by emailing us at [email protected] or by calling us at 888-277-3911.