Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Unified Code of Corrections. Provides that prior to release of a person on parole, mandatory supervised release, final discharge, or pardon the Department of Corrections shall screen every person for Medicaid eligibility. Requires correctional officials to assist an eligible person to complete a Medicaid application to ensure that the person begins receiving benefits immediately after his or her release.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the introduced bill with changes. Provides that officials of the correctional institution or facility where the committed person is assigned shall assist an eligible person to complete a Medicaid application to ensure that the person begins receiving benefits as soon as possible (rather than immediately) after his or her release.
House Committee Amendment No. 1 Provides that the application must include the eligible person's address associated with his or her residence upon release from the facility. Provides that if the residence is temporary, the eligible person must notify the Department of Human Services of his or her change in address upon transition to permanent housing.