Washington Revised Code Title 74. Public Assistance § 74.09.670. Medical assistance benefits--Incarcerated or committed persons--Suspension
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(1) Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, when the authority receives information that a person enrolled in medical assistance is confined in a setting in which federal financial participation is disallowed by the state’s agreements with the federal government, the authority shall suspend, rather than terminate, medical assistance benefits for these persons, including those who are incarcerated in a correctional institution as defined in RCW 9.94.049, or committed to a state hospital or other treatment facility. A person who is not currently enrolled in medical assistance must be allowed to apply for medical assistance in suspense status during confinement, and the ability to apply may not depend upon knowledge of the release or discharge date of the person.
(2)(a) During the first 29 days of a person’s incarceration in a correctional institution, as defined in RCW 9.94.049:
(i) A person’s incarceration status may not affect the person’s enrollment in medical assistance if the person was enrolled in medical assistance at the time of incarceration; and
(ii) A person not enrolled in medical assistance at the time of incarceration must have the ability to apply for medical assistance during incarceration, which may not depend on knowledge of the release date of the person. If the person is enrolled in medical assistance during the first 29 days of the person’s incarceration, the person's incarceration status may not affect the person’s enrollment in medical assistance.
(b) After the first 29 days of the person’s incarceration, the person’s medical assistance status is subject to suspension or application in suspense status under subsection (1) of this section.
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