Texas officials study health care law benefits for inmates

Prison officials in Texas are now studying ways to use Medicaid funding under the Affordable Care Act to provide coverage for its inmate population, with a projected budget shortfall of more than $100 million due to medical costs for inmates expected in the next two years. "Beginning in 2014, as a part of the new federal health care legislation, state-incarcerated offenders who are hospitalized are subject to Medicaid reimbursement back to the states," said Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokeswoman Michelle Lyons.

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