Days After the NCGA Forced Counties to Pay More for Inmate Hospital Care, the DHHS Dropped Inmates from Medicaid Coverage

Days After the NCGA Forced Counties to Pay More for Inmate Hospital Care, the DHHS Dropped Inmates from Medicaid Coverage

A state rule change that made sure Medicaid benefits were cut off for county jail inmates came days after the legislature put responsibility for their hospital care squarely on the backs of county taxpayers.

Recent concern about the multimillion-dollar cost of inpatient care for inmates, especially in large counties, put a spotlight on events that took place during 2013, when Medicaid was run by Governor Pat McCrory, Department of Health and Human Services director Aldona Wos, and Medicaid director Carol Steckel. McCrory lost a close gubernatorial race last year, Wos stepped down in 2015, and Steckel left in September 2013 after serving in the post for just eight months.

During a Wake County Board of Commissioners meeting in March, Sheriff Donnie Harrelson told commissioners that the provisions of state law 2013-387 are costing the Wake sheriff’s office more than $1 million annually.…

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