Do medicaid rules send people to jail?


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Individuals with schizophrenia are more likely to end up in prison in states with tight Medicaid policies governing antipsychotic drugs, research displays.

The new study arrives amid media scrutiny over whether or not cutbacks in mental health actually save money when other costs are taken into account.


“ Policies around schizophrenia may be penny-wise and pound foolish, ” says Dana Goldman, director of the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics at the University or college of Southern California. “ Limiting access to effective therapy may conserve states some Medicaid money in the particular short run, but the downstream consequences—including a lot more people in prisons and more felony activity—could be a bad deal just for society. ”

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