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Gov. Abbott waives health care fees related to COVID-19 for incarcerated Texans

Posted at 11:38 AM, Mar 20, 2020

AUSTIN, TX — Governor Greg Abbott has waived health care fees related to COVID-19 for incarcerated Texans in TDCJ facilities.

Gov. Abbott directed the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) to temporarily suspend inmate fees for health care services related to COVID-19.

"While incarcerated Texans housed within TDCJ facilities are never denied access to health care due to an inability to pay, this temporary waiver will encourage timely reporting of COVID-19 symptoms so that offenders are given the treatment they need," the statement said.

"As we work to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we are committed to protecting the health of individuals in state custody and the dedicated state employees working at TDCJ facilities," said Governor Abbott. "Waiving health care fees for offenders housed in TDCJ facilities will ensure that inmates experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 receive immediate medical attention. This suspension will protect the health of both inmates and TDCJ staff, and is a crucial tool in our efforts to mitigate any potential spread of COVID-19 in closely confined populations."