Visitations In Oregon Prisons Could Be Delayed Further

Leaders at the Oregon Department of Corrections said Wednesday the spike in positive cases of COVID-19 outside its prisons poses an obstacle to resuming in-person visits between families and inmates.

Prisons Fail to Offer Cure to Inmates with Deadly Hepatitis C

State prisons across the U.S. are not treating nearly all infected inmates for hepatitis C, a deadly liver disease that is curable with new, expensive treatments.

State prisons across the U.S. are failing to treat at least 144,000 inmates who have hepatitis C, a curable but potentially fatal liver disease, according to a recent survey and subsequent interviews of state corrections departments.

Bill Restores Medicaid for State Hospital Patients and Prisoners Upon Release

SB 233 helps close a gap in health benefits when former prison inmates and state hospital patients return to society by asking the state to suspend rather than terminate Medicaid while such people are living in state institutions. It also ensures that prisons as well as jails save on hospital costs for inmates.

A bill making its way through the House should ensure that people leaving prison and the state hospital have immediate access to Medicaid, and allow the state to save millions each year by charging the federal health program for hospital care provided to inmates outside of state institutions.

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