Insurance Status of Urban Detained Adolescents

Matthew Aalsma, Margaret J. Blythe, Yan Tong, Jaroslaw Harezlak, Marc Rosenman

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Abstract

The primary goal was to describe the health care coverage of detained youth. An exploratory second goal was to describe the possible relationship between redetention and coverage. Health care coverage status was abstracted from electronic detention center records for 1,614 adolescents in an urban detention center (October 2006 to December 2007). The majority of detained youth reported having Medicaid coverage (66%); 18% had private insurance and 17% had no insurance. Lack of insurance was more prevalent among older, male, and Hispanic youth. A substantial minority of detained youth were uninsured or had inconsistent coverage over time. While having insurance does not guarantee appropriate health care, lack of insurance is a barrier that should be addressed to facilitate coordination of medical and mental health care once the youth is released into the community.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)274-284
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Correctional Health Care
Volume18
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2012

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Keywords

  • adolescence
  • detention
  • insurance
  • juvenile justice

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Community and Home Care

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Insurance Status of Urban Detained Adolescents. / Aalsma, Matthew; Blythe, Margaret J.; Tong, Yan; Harezlak, Jaroslaw; Rosenman, Marc.

In: Journal of Correctional Health Care, Vol. 18, No. 4, 10.2012, p. 274-284.

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