Survival Coalition Applauds Department of Health Services Initiative to Suspend not Terminate Medicaid Enrollment for Criminal-Justice Involved Individuals (press release)

For Immediate Release:  October 16, 2020

(Madison) – The Survival Coalition of more than 30 disability organizations applauds  Department of Health Services and Governor Evers for their decision to suspend rather than terminate Medicaid eligibility for incarcerated individuals. Federal law does not allow the use of Medicaid funds for services provided to inmates of public institutions, so this change is necessary for these individuals to begin receiving healthcare in the community quickly upon their release.  “Simply re-enrolling individuals upon their release should be a much easier process than starting all over with a new application” said  Lisa Pugh, Survival Co-Chair, “this will mean a much quicker connection to care in the community.” Read full Press Release