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Little-Known Health Act Fact: Prison Inmates Are Signing Up:ObamaCare Prisoner Sign-Up
New York Times ^ | March 9, 2014 | Erica Goode

Posted on 03/30/2014 6:12:23 AM PDT by lbryce

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.

State and counties are enrolling inmates for two main reasons. Although Medicaid does not cover standard health care for inmates, it can pay for their hospital stays beyond 24 hours — meaning states can transfer millions of dollars of obligations to the federal government.

But the most important benefit of the program, corrections officials say, is that inmates who are enrolled in Medicaid while in jail or prison can have coverage after they get out. People coming out of jail or prison have disproportionately high rates of chronic diseases, especially mental illness and addictive disorders. Few, however, have insurance, and many would qualify for Medicaid under the income test for the program — 138 percent of the poverty line — in the 25 states that have elected to expand their programs.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ahaprisonersignup; trulyoutrageous
But the most important benefit of the program, corrections officials say, is that inmates who are enrolled in Medicaid while in jail or prison can have coverage after they get out.

*SNIP*

“For those newly covered, it will open up treatment doors for them” and potentially save money in the long run by reducing recidivism, said Dr. Fred Osher, director of health systems and services policy for the Council of State Governments Justice Center.

How utterly outrageous. Obama is not interested in the prison population rate on whether or not recidivism is reduced and certainly has no interest in saving money.

it is an absolutely cynical ploy to increase enrollment numbers in the Abominable Health Care Act, in being able to securing a regular, reliable source of enrollees that will certainly skew the numbers, but by how much is yet to be seen. Those incarcerated have no plan they would want to keep and don't have to be concerned about premiums because Obama has that taken care of by Medicaid. So, he's getting a free ride on the enrollment numbers.

I'm not sure on how to extrapolate what percentage of the entire prison population of 2.3 million prisoners will be eligible for ObamaDontCare. But according to the NAACP:Justice Fact Sheet,there are about one million black men incarcerated within the US prison system that certainly will provide a reliable source of enrollees that will help ameliorate the failure that the program is to some degree.

NAACP:Justice Fact Sheet

According to the NAACP Justice Fact sheet *African Americans now constitute nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million incarcerated population

1 posted on 03/30/2014 6:12:23 AM PDT by lbryce
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To: lbryce

They need it too. There’s STD’S in prison.


2 posted on 03/30/2014 6:16:41 AM PDT by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: lbryce

The Dems take care of their own rotten voting blocs. Veterans can’t get healthcare…as the VA has to hide the number who die waiting…but criminals will be served. No doubt, many of them are not even citizens of the US, but who wants to check all those identical Mexican names to sort them out? Certainly not Democrat bureaucrats.


3 posted on 03/30/2014 6:20:45 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: DIRTYSECRET

I’m not saying they don’t need it, nor do I advocate them not being provided the medical care for whatever it is that ails them. Prisoners have customarily been made ineligible to programs and services available to the general law abiding public, such as the right to vote. Which by the way is gaining momentum in considering allowing prisoners to vote.


4 posted on 03/30/2014 6:24:35 AM PDT by lbryce (Obama:The Worst is Yet To Come)
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To: lbryce

Wake me when they start paying premiums.


5 posted on 03/30/2014 6:25:59 AM PDT by Salvavida (The restoration of the U.S.A. starts with filling the pews at every Bible-believing church.)
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To: DIRTYSECRET
According to the NAACP Justice Fact sheet *African Americans now constitute nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million incarcerated population
Yeah and? It is time they make excuses for the drek of society enter social justice! Criminal activity as it relates to people of color will now be labled a disease that needs treatment not incarceration.
6 posted on 03/30/2014 6:27:36 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (Im missing a jumbo jet with 235 passengers has anyone seen it?)
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To: lbryce

wtf do inmates need coverage for? I thought the good citizens were paying for their healthcare wile they reside on our dime in the hoosegow


7 posted on 03/30/2014 6:27:45 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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wtf do inmates need coverage for? I thought the good citizens were paying for their healthcare wile they reside on our dime in the hoosegow
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Maybe they figure that once they sign up and get BILLED for the Policy that THEY will be able to collect money to Pay for it as it is OUR fault they can’t pay the premiums because they are incapacitated er incarcerated ... But they are all innocent.

They figure the IRS did such a good job of paying for the phony tax filings that this will be a slam dunk.


8 posted on 03/30/2014 6:31:30 AM PDT by xrmusn ((6/98 --"I would agree with you BUT that would make both of us wrong".))
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To: lbryce

Every time I read one of these Obamacrap stories I have a compulsive reflex reaction. I immediately grab for my hip pocket to make sure my wallet is still there.


9 posted on 03/30/2014 6:32:47 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Salvavida

“Wake me when they start paying premiums.”

I think Medicaid is free. They will pay no premiums.


10 posted on 03/30/2014 6:33:57 AM PDT by deweyfrank
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To: smoothsailing

Just because your wallet is still there doesn’t mean the money is.


11 posted on 03/30/2014 6:34:50 AM PDT by lbryce (Obama:The Worst is Yet To Come)
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To: lbryce

Ain’t that the truth!


12 posted on 03/30/2014 6:36:54 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: deweyfrank

You are right. I should have been clearer on that. The newly expanded coverage that allows Medicaid to cover ObamaCare is
the increase in cost I was making reference to.


13 posted on 03/30/2014 6:37:13 AM PDT by lbryce (Obama:The Worst is Yet To Come)
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I’m sure glad Gov Bryant didn’t expand Medicaid.


14 posted on 03/30/2014 6:41:52 AM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: lbryce

But is some states, the taxpayers get to pay for their lopadicktomy operations.


15 posted on 03/30/2014 6:42:53 AM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: lbryce

I wouldn’t doubt they are including voter registration forms along with the Obamacare mailings.


16 posted on 03/30/2014 6:43:44 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: lbryce

Does any one know the number of criminal sign ups? I am sure they are more than happy to add that number to the already inflated number of sign ups. There is no tactic that they won’t use, legal or illegal to get this thing to single payer.


17 posted on 03/30/2014 7:13:03 AM PDT by certrtwngnut (')
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To: mrsmel

In some cases it is an addadictome.


18 posted on 03/30/2014 7:14:18 AM PDT by certrtwngnut (')
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To: certrtwngnut
In some cases it is an addadictome.

Or, in some cases, a "loppitoffame."

19 posted on 03/30/2014 7:16:14 AM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: lbryce
Just because your wallet is still there doesn’t mean the money is.

E-mail from my dentist:

Happy New Year America.

Here is what happened on January 1st 2014:

Top Income tax bracket went from 35% to 39.6%

Top Income payroll tax went from 37.4% to 52.2%

Capital Gains tax went from 15% to 28%

Dividends tax went from 15% to 39.6%

Estate tax went from 0% to 55%

Remember this fact: if you have money, the Democrats want it. These taxes were all passed only with Democrat votes, no Republicans voted for these taxes.

These taxes were all passed under the "Affordable Care Act", aka Obamacare.

20 posted on 03/30/2014 7:32:09 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: lbryce
State and counties are enrolling inmates for two main reasons. Although Medicaid does not cover standard health care for inmates, it can pay for their hospital stays beyond 24 hours — meaning states can transfer millions of dollars of obligations to the federal government.

Great. Just great. because everyone know the Federal Government is just flush with cash. (Remember when the country use to run 200+ billion dollar deficits and the press would scream bloody murder. Now that we run 1+ trillion deficits the MSM doesn't make a peep.)

21 posted on 03/30/2014 7:45:35 AM PDT by Flick Lives ("I can't believe it's not Fascism!")
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To: lbryce

I can’t fault state and local governments for shifting prisoner healthcare expenses to the feds.


22 posted on 03/30/2014 8:14:14 AM PDT by fso301
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To: lbryce

I can’t wait until we get the bill for all this chaos.


23 posted on 03/30/2014 11:03:20 AM PDT by VTenigma (The Democratic party is the party of the mathimatically challenged)
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