This new policy is the result of a recently-announced federal directive.
From a Department of Human Services press release:
This euphemism was apparently created by the Department of Justice last week as a part of “National Reentry Week.” So you can rest easy: your tax dollars are paying for important work like re-branding divisive terminology (such as, for instance, “ex-cons” and “parolees”). Now we have “justice-involved” individuals who benefit from funds traditionally reserved for the aged, blind, and disabled; those monies will now benefit approximately 100,000 of these “justice-involved” individuals. We asked an Arkansas Department of Human Services spokesperson to estimate how many more “justice-involved” individuals in Arkansas will be newly eligible for Medicaid expansion plans, but we didn’t receive an answer by deadline. We’ll update this post if we hear back.
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