H.R. 4005 directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to convene a group of stakeholders and develop and report to Congress on best practices for addressing issues related to health care faced by those returning from incarceration to their communities. In addition, the legislation allows Medicaid payment for medical services furnished to an incarcerated individual during the 30-day period preceding the individual’s release.
The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Jun 19, 2018.
Medicaid Reentry Act
(Sec. 2) This bill requires the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to convene a stakeholder workgroup in order to develop best practices for states to: (1) ease the health care transition of inmates released from public institutions (such as by ensuring continuity of health insurance or Medicaid coverage), and (2) implement transitional measures within 30 days of an inmate's release. The CMS must also issue a letter to states outlining opportunities for Medicaid demonstration waivers based on identified best practices.