House File 209 - Introduced HOUSE FILE 209 BY FRY A BILL FOR An Act relating to the suspension of Medicaid coverage for an 1 inmate of a public institution. 2 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 3 TLSB 2067YH (3) 88 pf/rh
H.F. 209 Section 1. Section 249A.38, subsection 1, Code 2019, is 1 amended to read as follows: 2 1. Following the first thirty days of commitment, the 3 department shall suspend , but not terminate, the eligibility 4 of an individual who is an inmate of a public institution as 5 defined in 42 C.F.R. §435.1010 , who is enrolled in the medical 6 assistance program at the time of commitment to the public 7 institution, and who remains eligible for medical assistance as 8 an individual except for the individual’s institutional status, 9 during the entire period of the individual’s commitment to the 10 public institution. 11 EXPLANATION 12 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 13 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 14 This bill provides that Medicaid coverage of an inmate of 15 a public institution shall be suspended, but not terminated, 16 after the first 30 days of commitment, and that the suspension 17 shall continue during the entire period of the inmate’s 18 commitment to the public institution. Prior to changes enacted 19 in 2018 Iowa Acts, chapter 1165, section 127, the law allowed 20 the suspension to continue only for up to the initial 12 months 21 of an inmate’s period of commitment at which time the inmate’s 22 Medicaid coverage would be terminated. 23 -1- LSB 2067YH (3) 88 pf/rh 1/ 1