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Questionnaire NameNew York Partnership Plan - Amendment to serve Incarcerated Individuals
DescriptionNew York submitted a request to amend its 1115 demonstration to provide limited transitional coverage for services to incarcerated individuals who are enrolled in Medicaid for the 30 days prior to release from jail or prison. The state's goal is to decrease emergency department visits, hospitalizations, overdoses, and recidivism for recently released offenders who have two or more chronic diseases, HIV/AIDS, or a serious mental illness. The federal comment period will be open from October 21, 2016 through November 20, 2016.
Response FromID: #225717 on Nov 1st 2016 4:21 pm
New York Partnership Plan - Amendment to serve Incarcerated Individuals

New York Partnership Plan - Amendment to serve Incarcerated Individuals

We encourage the public to submit their comments on Medicaid.gov as they relate to demonstrations open for public comments. In support of transparency and open government, all public comments received are immediately posted and are in the public domain. Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services staff will review all public comments posted and we reserve the discretion to delete comments that are generally understood as any of the following: obscene, profane, threatening, or otherwise inappropriate.

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Open for Public Comment – 10/21/16 – 11/20/16

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The American Public Health Association’s Jail / Prison Health Committee supports the pending New York State waiver request to the federal government (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)/HHS to permit use of Medicaid dollars to support 30-day pre-release care coordination for inmates in NYS. We believe these funds need to be available for inmates being released from both jails and prisons.

Approximately 9 million individuals are released from jail every year. During incarceration, many of them become stable due to the accessibility of medical and mental health care. In addition, most prisoners become institutionally clean and sober. A large proportion of jail prisoners are homeless at the time of arrest or become homeless because of their incarceration. The immediate post-release period is critical for prevention of relapse and recidivism. Reentry planning is the key to successful continuity of care for patients with serious medical and mental health problems and linkage with crucial social services for food, housing, education and employment.

With appropriate reentry planning, both the individuals and the community benefit from better health, reduced crime, and an improved quality of life. The ability to provide Medicaid services during the 30-day period prior to release will help to bridge the gap in connectivity to health care services for incarcerated individuals as they re-enter the community.
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