Real Results for Exonerees
We advised 438 exonerees in 41 states about their health care options. But we didn't stop there.
- More than one-third of them were not getting the health care they were eligible for, so we provided the one-on-one, step-by-step help that took them from no coverage to enrollment (in Medicaid or Medicare or a policy from the Marketplace, in many cases with a substantial subsidy), or substantially improved their coverage, or worked to ensure they saw a doctor for the first time in years.
- Nearly half of them were unaware of the basic benefits they have and how to make use of them. So we went over that information, helped them schedule appointments, and actually make use of whatever care they have access to.
- All 438 exonerees know they can call After Innocence for help if they have questions about using health care or public benefits.
- 105 of those exonerees identified legal or bureaucratic problems they were having. We helped them resolve those problems, in many cases by recruiting a lawyer in the exoneree's community, and in nearly every case convinced the lawyer to do the work for free. We follow up to make sure the work gets done.
What We’ve Demonstrated:
- A Highly Leveraged, Highly Efficient Way to Help: Our model of remote case management and resource development leverages the work of untapped service providers – and recruits new ones – in the exoneree’s community. That allows After Innocence to serve a great number of exonerees across the country, anywhere they live, with extremely low program costs and almost no overhead.
- A Better Response to the Real Consequences of Wrongful Conviction: Through this work, After Innocence is working toward a day in the not-too-distant future when every exoneree in America has a reliable, consistent help with managing health care and public benefits, resolving legal problems, and other assistance with rebuilding a life after wrongful conviction.
- A Sharable Model for Remote Service Coordination: Our innovative remote case management model can be adapted to deliver social and legal services to other underserved populations, in particular those spread thinly across great distances, where it would be inefficient and impractical to create separate organizations, programs and bureaucracies to serve them.