A new report says North Carolina can save millions a year if hospitals billed Medicaid for treatment of prisoners.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Wednesday a state audit found the state could save the Department of Correction an estimated $11.5 million a year by billing Medicaid, a government healthcare program.
North Carolina paid about $159 million for inmate healthcare over the past two years. The report says more than $26 million went to treatment of inmates eligible for Medicaid. The report says the Department of Correction could have saved about $23 million over two years if it had billed Medicaid.
An audit earlier this year found North Carolina's prison system pays five times more for inmate healthcare than Medicaid and Medicare rates.