Marguerite Burns (Wisconsin) awarded grant to study "Leaving Prison and Connecting with Medical Care"

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Led by Marguerite Burns, PhD, Department of Population Health Sciences at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, and co-principal investigator Ryan Westergaard, MD, PhD, department of Medicine, the project will explore the effects of the April 2014 expansion of Medicaid eligibility and the subsequent addition of prison-based Medicaid enrollment on treatment access, use and outcomes for opioid use disorder and HCV for adults released from state prisons.

The study will quantify the influence of opioid and HCV treatment and prevention resources on the relationship between Medicaid and post-incarceration healthcare use, mortality and reincarceration. The study’s findings will inform federal and state efforts to identify policies that will address these issues. The long-term objective of this research is to prevent opioid overdose deaths and reduce HCV transmission by improving the transition to care when individuals are released from prison.

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