Jail registers inmates for Medicaid to save taxpayers

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CROWN POINT, Ind. (May 7, 2016) — The Lake County Jail has some paperwork for its inmates — registering for federally subsidized health insurance.

The Times of Northwest Indiana reports (http://bit.ly/1TNta0x ) that officials are getting inmates signed up for Medicaid to save county taxpayers the cost of future medical bills.

Mark Back is the sheriff’s public information officer. He says 200 inmates have been signed up since January. The jail received 11,200 inmates in 2015. About five dozen had to be rushed to the hospital to stabilize acute conditions before they could be jailed.

Back and two part-time workers are paid with a state grant to register the inmates. The coverage can help them manage their health issues when they leave jail. If they are jailed again, Medicaid would pay new hospital bills.