senate Bill S311

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Provides that correctional institution officials shall provide instruction to and assist certain prisoners, at least 90 days prior to their release, to apply to rece

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Mar 07, 2012 defeated in crime victims, crime and correction
Feb 21, 2012 notice of committee consideration - requested
Jan 04, 2012 referred to crime victims, crime and correction
Jan 05, 2011 referred to crime victims, crime and correction

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Mar 7, 2012 - Crime Victims, Crime and Correction committee Vote

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S311 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Correction Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §618, Cor L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S1297

S311 - Bill Texts

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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.

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BILL NUMBER:S311

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.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                   311

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (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

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