Maureen Barden is serving as a 2013-2014 Soros Justice Fellow through a grant from the Open Society Foundation. After six years as the federal re-entry coordinator in Philadelphia and the preceding seventeen years as a federal prosecutor, Maureen is with PHLP for an 18-month fellowship project to connect people leaving incarceration with access to health care.
Maureen’s fellowship project aims to ensure re-entering individuals have health insurance coverage when they leave prison and that this coverage translates into meaningful access to care. Maureen is developing model principles and practices for how to utilize the ACA to afford uninterrupted access to health care for individuals leaving prison. Based on this model, Maureen will begin to implement these practices in pilot jurisdictions.