“Inmates of correctional facilities are wards of the State. As such, the State is obligated to cover their basic economic needs (food, housing, and medical care) because failure to do so would be in violation of the eighth amendment of the Constitution. Therefore, because these individuals have a source of third party coverage, they are not uninsured, and the State cannot make DSH payments to cover the costs of their care. Further, this conclusion is consistent with Section 1905(a) of the Social Security Act and the regulations at 42 CFR 435.1008 and 435.1009, which prohibit (FFP) for services, provided to inmates of public institutions. To read section 1923(g) of the Social Security Act to permit additional DSH payments for the costs of prisoner care would directly conflict with this statutory prohibition, and effectively render the statutory prohibition meaningless.”
Please help protect Rocky Hill residents by protesting the state and iCare’s decision to locate a private skilled nursing facility for convicted felons and the mentally ill in a densely populated neighborhood. The proposed site is less than two miles from schools and parks. While the Rocky Hill private prison will be the first of its kind in CT, it may not be the last. Michael Lawlor, a member of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget office stated “in 20 years, the system could require 500 nursing home beds”. Given the current projection, the state will need to open at least one additional facility. Please help set a precedent that safety is the highest priority.
The State of Connecticut & U.S. tax payers have an opportunity to save up to half a million dollars annually by reducing inmate hospice transport costs by 84% if CT locates hospice care centrally between its largest prison facilities with hospice programs, Osborn CI(Somers, CT) & MacDougall-Walker CI(Suffield, CT).
Savings of $618k can be achieved assuming 100% of hospice inmates require basic life support transport. A conservative assumption of 5% of hospice inmates requiring basic life support transport would yield 50k annually.
By Jesse Colucci, Business Intelligence Analyst
A White House petition to end medical parole has been launched by a Rocky Hill resident. The challenge is to receive 100k signatures in just 30 days. If successful, the Obama Administration will provide an official response. The petition states “WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO: Declare medical parolees ineligible for federal Medicaid reimbursement!” More information is available at www.medicalparole.com
2386 Signatures and 33 rally members as of February 6, 2013.