Colorado Revised Statutes Title 17. Corrections § 17-1-113.5. Inmates held in correctional facilities--medical benefits application assistance--county of residence--rules

(1)(a) Except as otherwise provided in paragraph (b) of this subsection (1), on and after January 1, 2003, any person who is sentenced to a term of imprisonment in a correctional facility who was receiving medical assistance pursuant to section 25.5-5-101(1)(f) or 25.5-5-201(1)(j), C.R.S ., immediately prior to entering the correctional facility, or who is reasonably expected to meet eligibility criteria pursuant to section 25.5-5-101(1)(f) or 25.5-5-201(1)(j), C.R.S ., upon release, shall receive assistance from correctional facility personnel in applying for such medical assistance at least ninety days prior to release.

(b) On and after January 1, 2003, any person who is sentenced to a term of imprisonment in a correctional facility who was eligible for supplemental security income benefits under Title II of the federal “Social Security Act” immediately prior to entering the correctional facility, or who is reasonably expected to meet eligibility criteria for supplemental security income benefits upon release, shall receive assistance from the correctional facility personnel in applying for such supplemental security income benefits at least ninety days prior to release or sooner, if possible.

(2) The department of health care policy and financing shall provide information and training on medical assistance eligibility requirements and assistance to each correctional facility to assist in and expedite the application process for medical assistance for any inmate held in custody who meets the requirements of paragraph (a) of subsection (1) of this section.

(3) The department of human services shall provide information and education regarding the supplemental security income systems and processes to each correctional facility.

(4)(a) For purposes of determining eligibility pursuant to section 25.5-4-205, C.R.S ., the county of residence of the inmate held in custody shall be the county specified by the inmate as his or her county of residence upon release.

(b) The department of health care policy and financing shall promulgate rules to simplify the processing of applications for medical assistance pursuant to subsection (1)(a) of this section and to allow inmates determined to be eligible for such medical assistance to access the medical assistance upon release and thereafter.  If a county department of human or social services determines that an inmate is eligible for medical assistance, the county shall enroll the inmate in medicaid effective upon release of the inmate.  At the time of the inmate's release, the correctional facility shall give the inmate information and paperwork necessary for the inmate to access medical assistance.  The applicable county department of human or social services shall provide such information.

(c) The department of corrections shall attempt to enter into prerelease agreements with local social security administration offices, and, if appropriate, the county departments of human or social services, the state department of human services, or the department of health care policy and financing to simplify the processing of applications for medicaid or for supplemental security income to enroll inmates who are eligible for medical assistance pursuant to section 25.5-5-101(1)(f) or 25.5-5-201(1)(j) , effective upon release and to provide such inmates with the information and paperwork necessary to access medical assistance immediately upon release.


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