The Affordable Care Act and Public Safety


There is a growing debate in the U.S. about the future of the Affordable Care Act. While much of the debate is political, it is important to understand the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on public safety. Check out our new fact sheet and dashboard about how the ACA and Medicaid are opportunities to strengthen public safety and health.

Produced in collaboration with Daliah Heller, PhD, MPH, (CUNY School of Public Health), the fact sheet explains how a comprehensive approach to healthcare relieves law enforcement, jails, and prisons of the de facto health and social service role they have been forced to fill in the wake of a widespread opioid epidemic, a national housing crisis, and a historically under-funded community health system. 

Coverage and care build capacity on the outside, so health problems aren’t stuck on the inside.