The Florida Sheriffs Association established the statewide Inmate Medical Cost Management program in 2012 as a way to protect Sheriffs' Offices and counties that operate jails from gaps provided in traditional medical insurance for inmates. It has no enrollment fee and Sheriffs pay nothing if a discount cannot be negotiated. A similar program saved the Sheriffs in Virginia more than $6 million in one year.
Recent cases. To understand how significant the savings, one Florida Sheriff's Office asked the service provider to review a bill that was several years old and he received a 59% reduction in the total bill to the county. In another instance, the provider was able to negotiat a 51% reduction on a bill for an inmate who was treated at an out of county trauma center.
How it works. This program gives the Sheriffs and/or county access to a statewide inmate medical services network which provides significant savings, up to 61% or more (35%-40% on average) for outside medical services. The program works in concert with the contracts already established for in house medical services, so you can keep your current agreements in place. Learn more (pdf)
Contact for details. The program is administered by Prime Health Services Inc. and managed by Hunt Insurance Group LLC for FSA. To receive more information or to enroll, contact Hunt Insurance LLC: 1-800-763-4868 or Prime Health Services: 1-855-404-9857. You may also download and return the new member form.