People returning from prison face multiple barriers as they come back into the community. Finding health care should not be one of them.

• 85% of the nation’s state and federal prisoners are without health insurance.1

• Lack of knowledge about how to find services, long waiting periods, inability to find a way to refill prescriptions, instability of care, and minimal support from parole officers are common barriers to health care for FIPs.2

• Formerly incarcerated persons (FIPs) are almost 13 times more likely than the rest of the population to die within the first two weeks after release.3

• Liver disease, cardiovascular disease, cancer, HIV, and overdose are the most common causes of death among FIPs.4

By filling the gaps to health care access, health insurance, and coordinated care, we will all live in safer, healthier communities

Sources:
1 Gray, K. (2012, August 2)
2 Binswanger, I. A., Nowels, C., Corsi, K. F., Long, J., Booth, R. E., Kutner, J., & Steiner, J. F. (2011)
3 Binswanger, I. A., Stern, M. F., Deyo, R. A., Heagerty, P. J., Cheadle, A., Elmore, J. G., & Koepsell, T. D. (2007)
4 Spaulding, A. C., Seals, R. M., McCallum, V. A., Perez, S. D., Brzozowski, A. K., & Steenland, N. K. (2011). Rosen, D. L., Schoenbach, V. J., & Wohl, D. A. (2008). Binswanger, I. A., Stern, M. F., Deyo, R. A., Heagerty, P. J., Cheadle, A., Elmore, J. G., & Koepsell, T. D. (2007)