New Guidance Clarifies Access to Medicaid Coverage and Care for People Returning from Incarceration

October 12, 2016

 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released this update clarifying that the provision preventing Medicaid payments from being used for services provided to “inmates of public institutions,” does not apply to people who are currently on probation, parole, or in-home confinement. Coverage is also extended to Medicaid-eligible people who are living in community halfway houses, as long as they have “freedom of movement and association”—they are permitted to work outside of the facility alongside other employees who are not under supervision; use resources in the community, including grocery stores and libraries; and seek health care services in the community to the same extent as other Medicaid enrollees. See flier

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