Health Insurance During Incarceration
Most people would assume that medical care would be covered while in incarcerated but that is not always true. At least 35 states charge prisoners/convicted felons a copay for each time they receive medical care. This charge varies greatly from a few dollars to 100 dollars.
An estimated 80 percent of prisoners are poor. Medical copayments typically come out of their commissary accounts, which are often funded by money provided by their families and earnings from prison jobs.
Another point well worth noting is that you can not have private health insurance, Medicare or Medicaid while incarcerated in most cases.