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A06851 Summary:

BILL NO    A06851 

SAME AS    No same as 

SPONSOR    Boyland

COSPNSR    

MLTSPNSR   Cook

Amd S618, Cor L

Provides that correctional institution officials shall provide instruction to
and assist certain prisoners, at least ninety days prior to their release, to
apply to receive Medicaid after their release.
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A06851 Memo:

BILL NUMBER:A6851

TITLE  OF  BILL:    An act to amend the correction law, in relation to
requiring officials in corrections facilities to  provide  information
to  and  instruct  and  assist  certain  prisoners in applications for
Medicaid

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF THE BILL:

To assist certain prisoners in  applications  for  Medicaid  prior  to
their release.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section  618  of  the  correction  law  is  amended  by  adding  a new
subdivision 4, requiring officials  of  correctional  institutions  to
provide  information  and  instruction to assist prisoners who will be
released from the correctional institutions in preparing and  applying
for  the  Medicaid program. Officials shall notify all such prisoners,
at least ninety days prior to their release, of the Medicaid  program,
how  to  apply  to  receive Medicaid so that they may receive it after
their release.

JUSTIFICATION:

Today's prison inmate receives comprehensive medical care  while  they
serve  their time in our correctional institutions. Chronic illnesses,
drug addictions, and HIV / AIDS are all treated with  trained  medical
staffs.  However when a inmate with an illness is released, they often
have no immediate medical coverage. Many treatment programs require  a
systematic   prescription   dosage,  whether  daily  or  monthly,  and
interruption will negate the effectiveness of  such  programs.  Filing
for  the  health  insurance program known as Medicaid can be difficult
for released inmates since they are given no formal  instruction.  For
individuals  with  diseases,  such as HIV/AIDS, the delay in receiving
coverage  from  Medicaid  can  be  life  threatening.  Having  inmates
instructed  on  how  to receive Medicaid at least ninety days to their
release will help diminish the processing time. This will help  insure
that  inmates  will  receive  the  medical  care  they need upon their
release.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

A.834 - 2006 A.5474; 2008

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None to state government.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.
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