Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson

Private Insurers May Be Forced to Keep Coverage for Inmates

The Lund Report
Currently, the federal government and most insurers drop healthcare coverage for people if they’ve been arrested, pushing escalating costs onto county budgets and the Department of Corrections.

April 17, 2013 — Jails and prisons are required by law to provide necessary healthcare to anyone in custody — the Supreme Court has said anything else would be inhumane.

But the minute someone is arrested or jailed, the federal government stops providing healthcare coverage, and many private insurers follow suit.

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