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March 05, 2024

Trone Secures Key Criminal Justice Initiatives in FY24 Government Funding Package


March 5, 2024

Trone Secures Key Criminal Justice Initiatives in FY24 Government Funding Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congressman David Trone (D-MD), co-founder and co-chair of the Second Chance Task Force, announced that he secured key priorities for criminal justice reform in the six-bill FY24 government funding package that will be considered by the U.S. House of Representatives this week. This includes provisions of his bill, the Due Process Continuity of Care Act, which aims to protect Medicaid coverage for pretrial detainees, who currently lose coverage even before they have been convicted of a crime under the Medicaid Inmate Exclusion Policy (MIEP) – violating their constitutional rights.

Once passed into law, this legislation will ensure that Medicaid coverage will no longer be terminated for folks in pretrial detention, and it will also create a $113 million grant program to help states provide continuity of health care for individuals leaving incarceration.

“No matter who you are or where you come from, if you’re going through America’s judicial system, you deserve the basic right of due process. With key provisions of the Due Process Continuity of Care Act included in the latest government funding package, we’re taking essential steps toward ensuring our criminal justice system is actually ‘just’,” said Congressman David Trone. “Now, folks can immediately restart their Medicaid coverage when leaving prison rather than waiting months for their coverage to resume. It’s a vast improvement in the quality of care for folks most in need.”

Congressman David Trone was elected to the House of Representatives in November 2018 to serve the 6th District of Maryland, which includes all or part of Montgomery, Frederick, Washington, Allegany, and Garrett Counties. Trone serves on the Appropriations, Budget, and Joint Economic Committees. In Congress, Trone is fighting to make progress on issues that matter to Marylanders.

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