Humane Correctional Health Care Act (S. 1821, H.R. 3514)

U.S. Senate bill: S. 1821, introduced by Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) — The Human Correctional Health Care Act

Committees:

Committee on Finance

Status:

The bill has not yet been considered by the Finance Committee.

U.S. House bill: H.R. 3541, introduced by Representative Ann Kuster (D-NH-2) — Humane Correctional Health Care Act

Committees:

House Committees on Energy and Commerce & Judiciary

Status:

H.R. 3541 has not yet been considered by either committee of jurisdiction.

Impact

The Humane Correctional Health Care Act (H.R. 4141, S. 2305) would repeal the so-called “Medicaid Inmate Exclusion”, which strips health care care coverage from Medicaid enrollees who are involved in the criminal justice system, closing off their access to effective health care (including mental health and substance abuse treatment), and thus making them more vulnerable to recidivism and homelessness upon reentry.  

Summary

The Humane Correctional Health Care Act (S. 2305, H.R. 4141), would make it less likely justice-affected individuals would become homeless upon release, has been endorsed by the Alliance.  If you support this legislation, please urge your Representative and Senators to cosponsor it.  

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