With more drug arrests, Madison County jail costs soaring....
A "must read" article from the Oneida Dispatch reporter Caitilin Traynor re: the Madison County Jail sky-rocketing healthcare costs for inmates despite the Sheriff Dept's innovative efforts to reduce medical costs which the County is required to provide.
* Growing mental health and heroin/meth addictions requiring expensive treatments.
* Of the Sheriff’s Office annual $9.5 million budget, about $6 million is dedicated to the operation of the jail.
* By law, the county has to provide 100 percent of inmates’ health care costs, including prescription medication. Health insurance companies don’t provide coverage during incarceration and even inmates with Medicaid only have 30 days of coverage before their health insurance is suspended. That leaves county taxpayers to foot the bill for all medical expenses.
Read the article here at the ONEIDA DISPATCH http://www.oneidadispatch.com/general-news/20140910/with-more-drug-arrests-madison-county-jail-costs-soaring