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Bill to require jails and prisons to sign eligible inmates up for Medicaid

House Bill 1269 would require the Department of Correction or a health navigator — an inmate’s authorized representative — to apply for Medicaid for inmates who are potentially eligible for it or the new Healthy Indiana Plan, or HIP 2.0, and who run up medical care expenses that are not otherwise reimbursable. According to the bill it would allow a community mental-health center to use its provider identification number to file a Medicaid (HIP 2.0) claim including primary health services if it fits certain conditions.

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