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Published on Friday, February 22, 2013

Hearing set for bills to reduce medical costs for jails

Costs of medical care and services are a complex issue for our corrections systems. Municipalities feel the financial strain of providing medical care for offenders. SB 5792 introduced by Sen. Jim Honeyford (R-Sunnyside), and HB 1911 sponsored by Rep. Gary Alexander (R-Olympia), make some changes to better align local jails with what our partners in state corrections do to manage health care costs. These bills only require a correctional facility to reimburse the hospital for medical services at the Medicaid rate. They also allow local jurisdictions to contract with the Department of Corrections to use the statewide Provider One system for managing charges. AWC supports these bills as a way to help local jurisdictions better manage and reduce offender medical costs.

SB 5792 is set for a hearing at 1:30pm on February 25 in the Senate Ways & Means Committee. HB 1911 is scheduled for a hearing at 1:30pm on February 26 in the House Appropriations Committee. If you have comments or questions, please contact Candice Bock or Brittany Sill.

Categories: Law & justice