N.Y. Assembly proposes Medicaid coverage for 'high-need' recently freed inmates

March 25, 2016

New York's Assembly has proposed Medicaid coverage for high-need state prison and local jail inmates starting 30 days before their release. Lawmakers say it will ensure inmates get prescription medications and services, preventing relapses and re-incarceration. The proposal is in the Assembly's budget plan for the fiscal year starting April 1. The Assembly, the state Senate and Gov. Cuomo are negotiating a final budget. Advocates say a lack of services is a large contributor to released prisoners returning to jail.