Truth About Medicare

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Since: Jan 10

Orlando, FL

#1 Apr 13, 2014
Medicare improperly paid $11.7 million for inmates' prescription drugs from 2006 to 2010, according to an HHS Office of Inspector General report. Medicare Part D provides prescription drug benefits, but convicted felons are ineligible for such benefits, while they are incarcerated. According to the HHS OIG report, Medicare wrongfully reimbursed medical companies for providing prescription drugs to prisoners because CMS lacked the necessary safeguards to screen out inmates.
http://www.californiahealthline.org/articles/...

Food stamps. Free meals. Cable TV. Unemployment and disability benefits. And now prescription drugs.

ItÂ’s a good time to be in prison, where inmates are mistakenly receiving tens of millions of dollars in benefits at taxpayer expense.

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“No Substitute For The Truth”

Level 8

Since: Jan 10

Orlando, FL

#2 Apr 13, 2014
Prison Costs Have Strong Advocates Across the United States

Powerful constituencies protect prison budgets by putting more people in jail and keeping them there longer. "Law and order" conservatives want to show toughness on crime. Corporations that run outsourced prisons want to raise revenues. Unions representing correctional workers want to protect jobs and salaries. These groups promote tough mandatory sentencing and parole restrictions.

Michigan is a relatively high-cost jailer. It imprisons 51 percent more of its residents than its neighbors (as a percent of population). Compared to its neighbors, Michigan spends more money per prisoner per year to keep to keep its prisoners in jail.

California and many other states also confront soaring, entrenched prison costs. Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger summed it up this way:

Thirty years ago, 10 percent of the general fund went to higher education and only 3 percent went to prisons. Today, almost 11 percent goes to prisons and only 7.5 percent goes to higher education. Spending 45 percent more on prisons than universities is no way to proceed into the future.
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