CMS released the Implementation of At-Risk Youth Medicaid Protections for Inmates of Public Institutions (Section 1001 of the SUPPORT Act) State Medicaid Director Letter


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Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidance to state Medicaid agencies on the implementation of requirements in section 1001 of the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act (SUPPORT Act).  These requirements promote the continuity of Medicaid coverage for at-risk youth who are inmates of public institutions.

Specifically, this guidance will inform states that they are prohibited from terminating the Medicaid eligibility of incarcerated youth, and provide implementation options related to processing of applications submitted by youth who are incarcerated, redetermination prior to release, and restoration of benefits upon release, if the individual continues to be eligible.