Find information about Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) Suspension and Care Coordination for justice-involved individuals receiving health care coverage.
Substitute Senate Bill 6430 (2016) - Medicaid Suspension and Care Coordination
Individuals in the custody of the criminal justice system (also known as justice-involved individuals) need seamless access to community treatment networks and medical assistance, upon release from custody, to prevent gaps in treatment and reduce barriers to accessing care. Access to care is critical to reducing repeat offenses and decreasing the costs of relapse, deteriorating mental health, and crisis care.
Providing better transition services to justice-involved individuals and those residing in a state hospital is an important first step in improving their lives. Incarcerated individuals have disproportionately high rates of chronic health conditions, infectious disease, and behavioral health issues. Providing effective, equitable, and respectful care and services that are responsive to this unique population can help close the gap in health care outcomes.
SSB 6430 directs the Health Care Authority (HCA) to suspend, rather than terminate, medical assistance benefits for individuals who are incarcerated or committed to a state hospital, starting July 1, 2017. The intent is to provide continuity of care for individuals upon reentry into the community.
Learn more about the implementation of this bill by viewing:
- A fact sheet,
- A guidance document outlining the prior authorization process for incarcerated clients needing access to behavioral health services,
- An FAQ,
- An executive summary and in-depth presentation outlining the policy proposals and implementation plan,
- A poster of the project,
- A report to the Legislature - December 1, 2016, and
- Online trainings and presentation slides.