Medicaid for Prisoners

In a little-noticed outcome of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, jails and prisons around the country are beginning to sign up inmates for health insurance under the law, taking advantage of the expansion of Medicaid that allows states to extend coverage to single and childless adults — a major part of the prison population… Health care experts estimate that up to 35 percent of those newly eligible for Medicaid under Mr. Obama’s health care law are people with histories of criminal justice system involvement, including jail and prison inmates and those on parole or probation.

New York Times

Of course, as state and local governments begin to transfer the $6.5 billion cost of prisoner health care to the federal government, you can expect to see a commensurate reduction in your state and local taxes.

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