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Published January 10, 2011, 11:14 AM

ND bill to address medical costs for inmates

(WDAY TV) - North Dakota counties are increasingly concerned about the cost of medical bills for jail inmates.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

State lawmakers listened to a bill today that would clarify when jails are responsible for medical bills and attempt to lower their costs.

PAUL LANEYCass County Sheriff: “I'm really excited to see that the Legislature is addressing this issue. Inmate medical costs are such an unpredictable thing for jails.”

The North Dakota Association of Counties says the bill isn't the entire answer to the problem but it is a start. Lawmakers did not take immediate action on the bill today.