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SF Sheriff wants to sign inmates up for insurance

By Josh Richman
Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 at 1:02 pm in healthcare reform, Public safety, San Francisco politics.

San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi wants authority to help county jail inmates submit applications for health insurance under the nation’s new law.

Mirkarimi proposes that San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors pass an ordinance to designate his department for such work. It would be one of the first county jail systems in the nation so designated.

The sheriff said many inmates have mental health problems, addictions and other chronic health problems, yet have neither health insurance nor money to pay for medical care after they’re released. Coverage provided under the state’s newly expanded Medi-Cal program for the poor, or bought with a subsidy through the Covered California insurance exchange, would aid these inmates’ re-entry into the community and “have the potential to positively affect public health and recidivism,” his news release said.

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  • Elwood

    Your and my tax dollars at work. I’m really looking forward to having more indigents on my payroll. I really feel that I should do more besides paying for Medicaid and subsidies. Perhaps I could adopt some of them.

  • JohnW

    Like it or not, they are eligible for these programs when they get out. I’m no fan of Ross Mirkarimi. But he is not cooking up a new benefit here. Just providing assistance for them to get signed up before they leave “government housing.”