Obamacare In Jail: Covering California Inmates

4:07 am
Sat May 3, 2014

Obamacare In Jail: Covering California Inmates

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More than 1 million Californians signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Many of them signed up online, but also in health clinics, Big Box stores and other places targeted by Covered California. Under a brand new law in San Francisco, they also signed up in jail. The sheriff says making sure people have health coverage when they're released will help prevent them from committing another crime, and coming right back. But there's more to public safety than just issuing an insurance card. KQED's April Dembosky reports.
Obamacare in Jail: How San Francisco Policy Helps Inmates The San Francisco Sheriff's Department is implementing a new city law allowing its staff to enroll inmates into health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi believes that making sure people have health coverage when they're released will help prevent them from committing another crime and coming back.