IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
September 17, 2018
Mr. Markey introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance
To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to require States to suspend, rather than terminate, an individual's eligibility for medical assistance under the State Medicaid plan while such individual is an inmate of a public institution.
This Act may be cited as the
Supporting Positive Outcomes After Release Act.
Suspension of Medicaid benefits for inmates of public institutions
Section 1902 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396a) is amended—
in subsection (a)—
and at the end of paragraph (82);
by striking the period at the end of paragraph (83) and inserting
; and; and
by inserting after paragraph (83) the following new paragraph:
provide that the State shall not terminate (but may suspend) enrollment under a State plan for medical assistance for an individual who is an eligible individual (as defined in subsection (nn)(1)) because the individual is an inmate of a public institution (as defined in subsection (nn)(2)).
by adding at the end the following new subsection:
Eligible individual; public institution
For purposes of subsection (a)(84) and this subsection:
The term eligible individual means an individual who is an inmate of a public institution and was enrolled for medical assistance under the State plan immediately before becoming an inmate of such a public institution or who becomes eligible to enroll for such medical assistance while an inmate of a public institution.
Inmate of a public institution
The term inmate of a public institution has the meaning given such term for purposes of applying the subdivision (A) following paragraph (29) of section 1905(a), taking into account the exception in such subdivision for a patient of a medical institution.
No change in exclusion from medical assistance for inmates of public institutions
Nothing in this section shall be construed as changing the exclusion from medical assistance under the subdivision (A) following paragraph (29) of section 1905(a) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396d(a)), including any applicable restrictions on a State submitting claims for Federal financial participation under title XIX of such Act for such assistance.
Except as provided in paragraph (2), the amendments made by subsection (a) shall apply to eligibility and enrollment of individuals who become inmates of public institutions on or after the date that is 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act.
Rule for changes requiring state legislation
In the case of a State plan for medical assistance under title XIX of the Social Security Act which the Secretary of Health and Human Services determines requires State legislation (other than legislation appropriating funds) in order for the plan to meet the additional requirements imposed by the amendments made by subsection (a), the State plan shall not be regarded as failing to comply with the requirements of such title solely on the basis of its failure to meet these additional requirements before the first day of the first calendar quarter beginning after the close of the first regular session of the State legislature that begins after the date of the enactment of this Act. For purposes of the previous sentence, in the case of a State that has a 2-year legislative session, each year of such session shall be deemed to be a separate regular session of the State legislature.