Inmates to Face Medical Fees While Jailed
POSTED: Friday, June 22, 2012 - 5:25pm
UPDATED: Friday, June 22, 2012 - 5:25pm
EL PASO — In an effort to offset the rising costs of health care for the local inmate population, beginning July, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office will begin to charge a fee to inmates for medical services they receive from their contracted Inmate Health Care provider. These services include non-emergency events, such as a request to see the nursing staff, doctor, or dentist.
While the Sheriff’s Office says they do attempt to off-set medical costs through the use of a competitive bid process for inmate medical services, Medicare/Medicaid when appropriate, and private medical insurance if the inmate has it, this will be the first time that the Sheriff’s Office will actually charge an inmate for non-emergency medical costs that occur while the inmate is incarcerated in a county jail facility.