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  • NJ A1661
  • Expands eligibility of inmates for medical parole and requires inmate's enrollment in Medicaid under certain circumstances.
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(6/15/2017)
Crossed Over
(7/13/2017)
Passed
(7/31/2017)
Signed
(9/13/2017)
Dead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill expands the eligibility of inmates for medical parole and requires the inmate's enrollment in Medicaid under certain circumstances. Under current law, an inmate may be released on medical parole if the inmate is suffering from a "terminal condition, disease, or syndrome," which is defined as a prognosis that the inmate has six months or less to live. In addition, the inmate must be found to be so debilitated or incapacitated by the terminal condition, disease, or syndrome that the inmate is permanently physically incapable of committing a crime if released on parole. This bill expands the eligibility for medical parole by allowing inmates who have a permanent physical incapacity to be released on medical parole, in addition to those suffering from a terminal condition, disease, or syndrome. The bill defines a "permanent physical incapacity" as a medical condition that renders the inmate permanently unable to perform activities of basic daily living, results in the inmate requiring 24-hour care, and did not exist at the time of sentencing. In addition, the bill only allows the release of an inmate on medical parole for a permanent physical incapacity if the board determines that the conditions of the inmate's release would not pose a threat to public safety. The bill requires the board panel to release an inmate on medical parole if the inmate meets the criteria designated under current law and the provisions of this bill. The bill requires the board panel to state on the record the reasons for granting or denying medical parole. Under current law, whenever an inmate is granted medical parole, the parole board panel is required to ensure, as a condition precedent to release, that the inmate's release plan contains certain provisions, including verification that appropriate medical services are available to meet the inmate's treatment requirements. This bill requires the appropriate board panel to ensure that any inmate who is an applicant for medical parole has the opportunity to apply for Medicaid, and is provided necessary assistance to complete the application. The bill directs that an inmate receive this opportunity and assistance before the board panel may make a determination that the inmate is ineligible for release because appropriate medical services, including Medicaid, are unavailable. The bill provides that an applicant for medical parole is not to be denied enrollment into Medicaid on the sole basis that the applicant is an inmate in a correctional facility. If an inmate becomes enrolled in Medicaid while incarcerated, Medicaid payments would begin upon the inmate's release from incarceration. The bill establishes reporting requirements for medical parole. Current law requires the Parole Board to issue an annual report of its work to the Governor, the Legislature, and the Juvenile Justice Commission. The bill requires that the report include the number of inmates who applied for medical parole, the number of inmates who were granted medical parole, and the number of inmates who were denied medical parole.
2nd Reading in Assembly to Concur with Senate Amendments, 2nd Reading in the Assembly, 2nd Reading in the Senate, Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the Governor, Budget and Appropriations, Law and Public Safety, Passed Assembly, Passed both Houses, Passed Senate
Approved P.L.2017, c.235.  (on 9/13/2017)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
9/13/2017 A Approved P.L.2017, c.235.
7/31/2017 A Passed Assembly (Passed Both Houses) (48-20-0)
7/13/2017 A Received in the Assembly, 2nd Reading on Concurrence
7/13/2017 S Passed by the Senate (21-9)
7/13/2017 S Substituted for S3217 (1R)
6/29/2017 S Senate Amendment (22-0) (Cunningham)
6/15/2017 S Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading
6/15/2017 Senate Budget and Appropriations Hearing (19:00 6/15/2017 * Revised 6/14/17 - S-2616 / A-1139, S-3312 (Sarlo/Bucco) Transf)
6/15/2017 Senate Budget and Appropriations Hearing (19:00 6/15/2017 A-3908 and S-3085 are pending referral. S-3305 (Sarlo) pending i)
6/15/2017 Senate Budget and Appropriations Hearing (19:00 6/15/2017 A-3908 and S-3085 are pending referral. S-3305 is pending intro )
11/10/2016 S Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee
11/10/2016 S Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading (without recommendation)
11/10/2016 Senate Law and Public Safety Hearing (10:30 11/10/2016 Committee Room 10, 3rd Floor)
6/30/2016 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Law and Public Safety Committee
6/27/2016 A Passed by the Assembly (50-27-0)
6/20/2016 Assembly Appropriations Hearing (10:00 6/20/2016 Committee Room 11, 4th Floor)
6/20/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading
6/20/2016 Assembly Appropriations Hearing (13:00 6/20/2016 Committee Room 11, 4th Floor)
2/4/2016 A Reported and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee
2/4/2016 Assembly Law and Public Safety Hearing (14:00 2/4/2016 Committee Room 11, 4th Floor)
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 7/31/2017 Assembly Floor: Concur in Senate Amendments 48 20 11
Detail 7/13/2017 Senate Floor: Substitute For S3217 (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 7/13/2017 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 21 9 9
Detail 6/29/2017 Senate Floor: Amend 22 0 18
Detail 6/29/2017 Senate Floor: Second Reading (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 6/15/2017 Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee: Reported Favorably 9 4 0
Detail 11/10/2016 Senate Law and Public Safety Committee: Reported without Recommendation 3 1 1
Detail 6/27/2016 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 50 27 3
Detail 6/20/2016 Assembly Appropriations Committee: Reported with Amendments 7 0 4
Detail 2/4/2016 Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee: Reported Favorably 6 2 0