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Friday, July 25, 2008

PA Counties Can Be Responsible For Thousands Of Dollars In Medical Bills For Prisoners

Who’s paying health care for prisoners?

By ERIN HIPPLE — Express Staff Writer
Lock Haven Express

McELHATTAN - When people are accused of crimes and sent to the Clinton County Correctional Facility or any other county lock-up for that matter, they are stripped - stripped of clothing, possessions, freedom to come and go as they please, and also Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefits.

It's not unusual for inmates to be issued special garb, required to give up wallets and other personal items, and of course abide by rules regulating when and where they can go within the confines of the prison.

But the policy of taking away federal health coverage when people enter prison, before they've even been convicted of any crime is causing some concerns on the county level. More...

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