By Bob Robinson
Question: Carter County taxpayers are footing the bill for health care for inmates at the Carter County Jail. Can insurance claims be filed with Medicare and secondary insurance providers to offset some of this expense?
Answer: According to Chief Deputy Ron Street of the Carter County Sheriff’s Department, while an individual is in police custody, insurance coverage is denied during the time they are in jail. However, Carter County Finance Director Ingrid Deloach said it is standard procedure to seek all other available avenues before the county is charged. “If an inmate does have some sort of insurance, that will be the first place sought for reimbursement. It is, however, a very rare case when an inmate actually has insurance coverage,” Deloach said.
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