S.F. Sheriff Wants To Help Inmates Enroll in ACA Coverage
On Tuesday, San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi introduced a bill before the city Board of Supervisors that would make his office responsible for helping inmates sign up for health coverage through the Affordable Care Act. Inmates already have access to health care while in county jails, but the bill is designed to ensure they are covered once they are released. Mirkarimi estimated that taxpayers would save about $2,500 per year for each inmate the department helps enroll in coverage through the state insurance exchange or Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program.
- "Mirkarimi Wants To Sign Up Inmates for Health Coverage" (Lagos, San Francisco Chronicle, 1/29).
- "San Francisco Thinks Obamacare Can Cut Costs, Crime Rates" (Wilson, "GovBeat," Washington Post, 1/29).