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Correctional Health Care Costs: A Report  

Author:  Fred Cohen.

Source: Volume 15, Number 03, March/April 2014 , pp.33-33(1)

Correctional Health Care Report

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Reviews a new report, “Managing Prison Health Care Spending,” issued by the Pew Charitable Trusts and MacArthur Foundation (October, 2013). Three key factors are driving up state prison health-care costs, according to Pew: aging inmates, the high prevalence of physical and mental illness, and the costly nature of delivering health care to a prison’s inmates. Medicaid financing for eligible prisoners’ health care services could help reduce some of this cost, but states have been reluctant to use this option.

Keywords: Affordable Care Act; Medicaid

Affiliations:  1: Executive Editor.

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