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Washington Post: State spending on prison health care is exploding. Here’s why.

Health care and prisons are two of the biggest drivers of state spending. So, when you throw them together you get… a whole lot of state spending.

The median growth on prison health care among states was slightly more than 50 percent from 2001 to 2008, according to official data from 44 states analyzed as part of a joint initiative of the Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Those 44 states spent $36.8 billion on prisons in 2008, and health care accounted for more than one-sixth of that spending.

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So, what’s a state to do? According to experts interviewed by Pew, states are trying to rein in costs by providing remote health care, outsourcing it altogether, enrolling prisoners in Medicaid and paroling elderly or sick inmates.

Read the full article at washingtonpost.com.
Projects:
State Health Care Spending
Issues:
Health Care Costs, Medicaid, Corrections Costs, Affordable Care Act
States:
National
 
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