HFS pays some medical expenses for a person in jail. To be eligible for this program, the person must meet 3 requirements:
- They were arrested by a police officer of a local government.
- They have not been tried, convicted, or sentenced.
- Before arrest they were receiving benefits or were determined eligible for benefits.
HFS does not pay for the first $500 spent for medical care for a jailed person for each arrest. That is paid for by the local government. HFS pays for some medical expenses above $500 if:
- the medical services were given between the time the person was arrested and the time of conviction, entry of a guilty plea, or release; and
- the type of medical services are covered by the medical program; and
- the medical services were given by providers enrolled in the medical program.
Hospital and professional services rendered during the hospital stay are not counted toward the $500 threshold.