Cosponsor the Medicaid Reentry Act

Incarcerated individuals face particularly high rates of substance use disorder, and those released from incarceration face elevated risk of overdose upon release. While linkages to community-based addiction treatment upon release from incarceration can help prevent this, immediate access to care is often inaccessible and unaffordable due to lack of insurance coverage.

Medicaid is generally prohibited from paying expenses incurred while a beneficiary is incarcerated, and reinstating coverage following release can takes weeks or months. This leaves many without a means of receiving addiction treatment upon release.  

We urge you to send the below message to your members of Congress to encourage them to cosponsor the Medicaid Reentry Act (H.R. 955/S. 285), which would allow states to restart benefits for Medicaid-eligible individuals 30 days prior to release, easing connections to community-based addiction treatment services and reducing the risk of overdose following release. 

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Cosponsor the Medicaid Reentry Act

Dear [Decision Maker],

I write to urge you to cosponsor the Medicaid Reentry Act (H.R. 955/S. 285), which would allow states to restart benefits for Medicaid-eligible individuals 30 days prior to release from incarceration.

Incarcerated individuals face particularly high rates of substance use disorder, and individuals released from incarceration are at high risk for overdose.

Despite the urgent need, individuals released from incarceration are often unable to afford or access community-based addiction treatment because they don't have insurance coverage. Medicaid is generally prohibited from paying expenses incurred while a beneficiary is incarcerated. When individuals are released from incarceration, it can often take weeks or months to reinstate Medicaid coverage. This leaves these individuals without insurance coverage and unable to access affordable treatment upon release.

By allowing Medicaid-eligible individuals to restart coverage 30 days prior to release, the Medicaid Reentry Act would help ease connections to community-based addiction treatment services and reduce the risk of overdose, recidivism, and death following release from incarceration.

Thank you for your consideration. I hope you will cosponsor the Medicaid Reentry Act to help take an important step toward improving access to substance use disorder treatment for this vulnerable population and amid the worsening addiction and overdose crisis.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]

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