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Bill Could Cut Jail Medical Costs

Macomb, IL – McDonough County's jail administrator is hoping a bill that passed the legislature gets signed quickly. Chief Deputy Rick Manser says the measure would require the Department of Public Aid to pay all medical bills over $500 of inmates who are medicaid eligible. Currently, the county has to pay all costs up to $2,500. Manser says that figure is easy to reach, especially if an inmate must be hospitalized. He says he prescription cost for some inmates can easily reach $500, especially with some psychotropic drugs.