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Published on Friday, March 8, 2013

House bill to control inmate medical costs – contact your Representatives

HB 1911, which seeks to help control escalating medical costs for inmates in municipal and county jails, is currently in the House Rules Committee. AWC encourages you to contact your Representatives and urge them to move the bill to the floor for a vote.

Currently, when an inmate needs medical attention, the hospital and care provider determine what to charge unless the jurisdiction has been able to negotiate an agreement with the provider. This bill says that city and counties will only pay the Medicaid rate for hospital services for offenders. It also allows municipal and county jails to contract with the Department of Corrections to use their Provider-One system, which is a comprehensive billing program that calculates the Medicaid rate for the individual. This would result in cost savings for our cities.

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