[HISTORY: Adopted by the County Legislature of the County of Ulster as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 4-21-2015 by L.L. No. 8-2015]
This article shall be known as the "Reimbursement for Inmate Healthcare Law."
The Ulster County Legislature (hereinafter the "Legislature") hereby finds and determines that the County of Ulster (hereinafter the "County") incurs a variety of costs in connection with providing inmates in the Ulster County Jail (hereinafter the "jail") with medical and dental services.
The Legislature also finds that, pursuant to § 500-h(2) of the New York State Correction Law, the County may pursue reimbursement for costs from any third-party coverage or indemnification carried by an inmate for medical and dental services received by the inmate.
Accordingly, it is the intent of this article to direct and empower the County to seek reimbursement from any third-party coverage or indemnification carried by an inmate for medical and dental services received by the inmate.
The County may be entitled to reimbursement from any third-party coverage or indemnification carried by an inmate at the jail for costs paid by the County on behalf of the inmate for tests, studies or analyses for the diagnoses of a disease or disability; for care and treatment by a hospital, as defined in Article 28 of the Public Health Law; or for care and treatment by a physician or dentist.
Therefore, the Sheriff of Ulster County, upon receiving a person committed to the jail as an inmate, shall determine by questioning such person or by other procedures, if the person carries third-party coverage, medical or hospitalization insurance or indemnification for services received from a hospital, doctor or dentist, required to be provided to an inmate pursuant to § 500-h(1) of the New York State Correction Law.
Such third-party coverage or indemnification shall first be applied against the total cost to the hospital or other provider as established in accordance with the provisions of § 2807 of the Public Health Law relating to rates of payment of an individual's care and treatment, as provided herein.