Inmate Health Care and Recidivism Joint Task Force

In March 2019, NSA and NaCO formed a joint task force to reduce jail inmate recidivism through continuity of health care services.

The task force, made up of National Association of Counties and National Sheriffs' Association members representing county leaders, law enforcement, judges, prosecutors, public defenders, behavioral health and veterans’ services, will explore the impacts of the national mental and behavioral health crisis and the Medicaid Inmate Exclusion Policy (MIEP), which strips federal health and veterans’ benefits from individuals upon admission to jail – not upon conviction – leading to increased recidivism.

This task force will work tirelessly to remove the roadblocks people face in getting the care they needThese experienced people will fix this problem and help the thousands of mentally ill citizens trapped in Americas’ jail without the proper care.”
Jonathan Thompson, Executive Director/CEO, National Sheriffs' Association

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Reducing Recidivism through Access to Health Care


LEGISLATION

MEDICAID REENTRY ACT

H.R. 1329

Sponsored by Reps. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) and Michael Turner (R-Ohio), this bipartisan legislation would restore Medicaid benefits to inmates for the 30-day period prior to their release from a public institution, such as a jail.

RESTORING THE PARTNERSHIP FOR COUNTY HEALTH CARE COSTS ACT

H.R. 1345

Sponsored by Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.), this legislation would remove limitations on Medicaid, Medicare, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) benefits for pre-trial inmates of jails, detention centers and prisons.


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