EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 30, 2013

Study: N.H. could save on inmate health care


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — CONCORD (AP) — A new study says New Hampshire could save $22 million on health care for inmates over six years if the state expands Medicaid.

The study released yesterday by the Pew Charitable Trusts also says the cost of health care for New Hampshire inmates more than tripled from $2,232 per inmate in 2001 to $9,055 in 2008, the fastest growth rate in the nation.

Helen Hanks, director of the state correction department’s Division of Medical and Forensic Services, says costs likely rose because of a court order requiring more mental health services.

She says since 2008, the state has renegotiated contracts and costs have fallen.

For example, the average prescription fell from $32.85 in 2008 to $10.39 last year while a dialysis session dropped from $910 to $300.

The state is considering expanding Medicaid, which would mean more inmates eligible for cheaper health care.