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Mirkarimi wants to sign up inmates for health coverage
San Francisco Chronicle

Affordable health care is coming to the San Francisco jail system – and Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi thinks it will save taxpayers millions of dollars and potentially reduce the number of people behind bars in years to come.

The federal Affordable Care Act may be controversial elsewhere, but city officials have embraced it wholeheartedly, and the sheriff’s move will probably open up free or low-cost medical care to most of the 31,000 people booked into the city’s jails each year once they are released.