West Virginia has saved more than $1M by enrolling inmates in Medicaid

The West Virginia Division of Corrections predicts signing up eligible inmates for Medicaid saved the division $1.15 million since January 2014, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reports.

Because West Virginia expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, individuals living within 138 percent of the federal poverty line are eligible for the program. To date, 367 inmates have enrolled for Medicaid in the state. Medicaid will cover treatments for the inmates after they have stayed in a hospital for more than a day.

The division also signed up 670 inmates for Medicaid before their release or parole.   

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