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Mississippi counties attempt to cut cost on inmate medical care

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MISSISSIPPI (WLBT) - Counties across Mississippi are hoping a change in state law will save them thousands of dollars on inmates' medical bills.

In this year's session, lawmakers approved an amendment that reduces how much counties have to pay to treat state prisoners and pre-trial detainees. But how the reduction will take effect has not been agreed upon.

The legislation took effect after governor Haley Barabour's signature on April 7th. It seeks to limit a county's responsibility when bills exceed standard medicaid rates or rates paid by the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

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