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, Tell Your Member of Congress to Save Lives by Supporting the Re-Entry Act!

We are currently in the worst overdose crisis in our country's history, with more than 100,000 individuals dying from preventable overdose deaths in 2022 alone. People being released from incarceration are particularly vulnerable to experiencing a deadly overdose, with a 129 times greater chance of overdosing than the general public in just the first two weeks upon release.
The federal Re-Entry Act would significatly reduce this risk by closing a critical health care coverage gap for people in jails and prisons. Currently, federal law bans those who are incarcerated from receiving Medicaid, even if otherwise eligible. The Re-Entry Act would Medicaid benefits to restart 30 days prior to release, making it easier to connect vulnerable individuals to vital health services, including substance use treatment.
The Re-Entry Act is bipartisan and endorsed by a long list of major healthcare providers, law enforcement groups, faith communities, and other organizations across the country. Right now Congress is preparing to renew the SUPPORT Act, a package of several national behavioral health programs. We need your help to urge federal lawmakers to leverage this opportunity to save lives by including the Re-Entry Act within this package. Use the form and sample script below to call your representative's office and tell them to back the Re-Entry Act!

To find your member of Congress, please enter your ZIP Code. If you live in a split district, you may need to enter your full address.

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Note: This is a suggested/template script. If you have personal experiences with incarceration, overdose prevention, or anything related to the Reentry Act, please feel free to customize this script to fit your voice!


My name is [Your Name] and I’m a resident of [Your City]. I’m calling to urge Representative [Your Rep's Last Name] to support the bipartisan Reentry Act (bill number H.R.2400). For those already Medicaid eligible, the Reentry Act would allow for Medicaid coverage thirty days before release from incarceration, providing a potentially life-saving connection to health care.

Each year, more than 100,000 people in the United States die from an overdose, and every one of these deaths was preventable. Upon release, people who are incarcerated are 129* times more likely to die from a drug overdose than the general public.
When jails and prisons treat addiction during incarceration, that risk significantly drops, and lives are saved. The Reentry Act would help make life-saving addiction treatment available in incarceration settings across the country. By adding their support to the Reentry Act, Representative [Your Rep's Last Name] can help prevent deadly overdoses.

Thank you for your time. I appreciate the representative's commitment to public service, and hope they will consider supporting the Reentry Act.