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Jails look to ACA to insure inmates

When the signature reforms of the Affordable Care Act go into effect on January 1st, millions of Californians will have expanded access to government subsidized health-care benefits. Counties, some of which saw their jail populations and health-care costs swell since prison reforms took effect in 2011, want to make sure that jail inmates will be among the newly insured. Inmates tend to be younger and sicker than the general population, and the poor health care offered in prisons was the reason that courts ordered California to reduce their prison populations.