Health Care Expands for Ex-Offenders in California

Like thousands of people who leave prison every year in California, Stanley Riley has serious health problems and no money for treatment. During his 13 years of incarceration for robbery and an assortment of drug crimes, he could count on getting medication for high blood pressure and diabetes. But when he was released in 2008, all he got was a standard issue three-month supply. “That scares you,” Riley, 54, says. “They already knew I was going to have a problem. They already knew it was not going to be that easy.” Now help is on the way. In coming months, local governments in California stand to gain tens of millions of dollars in federal funds to care for the indigent, including ex-offenders.


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