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.
Ayes (4): Rivera, Hassell-Thompson, Montgomery, Espaillat
Ayes W/R (2): Kennedy, Peralta
Nays (8): Nozzolio, DeFrancisco, Gallivan, Griffo, Little, Maziarz, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie
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: To assist certain prisoners in applications for Medicaid prior to their release.
SUMMARY OF 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 an 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 program. Filing for the health insurance program know 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.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2009-2010: S.1297/A.5474 - Died in Committee 2007-2008: S.5930/A.5408 - Died in Committee
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to state government.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 311 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 5, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sens. MONTGOMERY, ADAMS, DUANE, HASSELL-THOMPSON, HUNTLEY, KRUEGER, PARKER, PERKINS, SAMPSON, SAVINO, SERRANO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction 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 THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 618 of the correction law is amended by adding a new subdivision 4 to read as follows: 4. OFFICIALS OF CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS SHALL PROVIDE INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTION TO AND SHALL ASSIST PRISONERS WHO WILL BE RELEASED FROM THE CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS IN PREPARING AND APPLYING FOR THE HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM KNOWN AS MEDICAID. SUCH OFFICIALS SHALL NOTIFY ALL SUCH PRISONERS, AT LEAST NINETY DAYS PRIOR TO THEIR RELEASE FROM THE INSTITUTION, OF THE MEDICAID PROGRAM, HOW TO APPLY TO RECEIVE MEDICAID SO THAT THEY MAY RECEIVE IT AFTER THEIR RELEASE FROM THE INSTITUTION AND HOW TO RECEIVE ASSISTANCE AT THE CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION TO APPLY FOR MEDICAID. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD02526-01-1