“State lawmakers approved a bill in the final days of the session that, if signed by Gov. Susana Martinez, would help thousands of inmates enroll in Medicaid and make them eligible for services upon release, officials said.
The measure would allow inmates to apply for Medicaid coverage during their incarceration and directs the state Human Services Department to create a process to help inmates enroll. The agency currently does not accept Medicaid applications from inmates.
The measure also would end the current practice of terminating Medicaid coverage for jail and prison inmates, requiring them to reapply after their release and causing lengthy gaps in coverage. Inmates’ medical care typically is covered by the county or jurisdiction where they are incarcerated.
Advocates say Senate Bill 42, sponsored by Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino, D-Albuquerque, would cut recidivism by allowing many former inmates to obtain medical and behavioral health service from the day they leave jail or prison.”
Source: Abqjournal.com – March 30, 2015