Inmates and Medicaid.

Authors: Senator Patricia Miller, Senator R Michael Young, Senator James Arnold

Co-authors: Senator Brent Steele, Senator Karen Tallian, Senator Mark Stoops, Senator Jean Breaux, Senator Lonnie Randolph

Sponsors: Representative Edward Clere

Co-Sponsors: Representative Timothy Brown, Representative Charlie Brown

Digest

Makes the department of correction (department) an inmate's authorized representative for applying for Medicaid for inmates who are potentially eligible for Medicaid and who incur medical care expenses that are not otherwise reimbursable. Requires the department and the office of the secretary of family and social services to enter into an agreement in which the department pays the state share of the Medicaid costs incurred for the inmate. Makes the sheriff the individual's authorized representative for applying for Medicaid for individuals subject to lawful detention who are potentially eligible for Medicaid. Requires a sheriff to enter into an agreement with the office of the secretary of family and social services to pay the state share of the Medicaid costs incurred for the individuals. Specifies reimbursement for the services provided.