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S. 2255: Supporting Positive Outcomes After Release Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jul 24, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 2255

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

July 24, 2019

(for himself and Mr. Brown) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance

A BILL

To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to expand the requirement for States to suspend, rather than terminate, an individual's eligibility for medical assistance under the State Medicaid plan while the individual is an inmate of a public institution, to apply to inmates of any age.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Supporting Positive Outcomes After Release Act.

2.

Suspension of Medicaid benefits for inmates of public institutions

(a)

In general

Section 1902 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396a) is amended—

(1)

in subsection (a)(84)—

(A)

in subparagraph (A), by striking individual who is an eligible juvenile and all that follows through inmate; and inserting eligible individual (as defined in subsection (nn)(1)) because the individual is an inmate of a public institution (as defined in subsection (nn)(2)), but may suspend coverage during the period the individual is such an inmate;;

(B)

in subparagraph (B), by striking individual who is an eligible juvenile described in paragraph (2)(A) and inserting eligible individual who is described in paragraph (1)(A); and

(C)

in subparagraph (C), by striking individual who is an eligible juvenile described in paragraph (2)(B) and inserting eligible individual who is described in paragraph (1)(B); and

(2)

by amending subsection (nn) to read as follows:

(nn)

Eligible individual; public institution

For purposes of subsection (a)(84) and this subsection:

(1)

Eligible individual

The term eligible individual means an individual who is an inmate of a public institution and who—

(A)

was determined eligible for medical assistance under the State plan immediately before becoming an inmate of such a public institution; or

(B)

is determined eligible for such medical assistance while an inmate of a public institution.

(2)

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 (30) of section 1905(a), taking into account the exception in such subdivision for a patient of a medical institution.

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(b)

Retroactive effective date

The amendments made by subsection (a) shall take effect as if included in the enactment of section 1001 of the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (Public Law 115–271).