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The National Governors Association hosted a webcast examining the rising cost of prison health care. The webcast featured a panel discussion among state representatives and national experts on strategies states can adopt to mitigate the rising costs of prison health care. Panelists took an in-depth look at four of the most promising strategies states can adopt, including the use of telemedicine, outsourcing of care, Medicaid financing, and medical or geriatric parole. The webcast was hosted in partnership with the Pew Charitable Trusts.


  • Maria Schiff, director, State Health Care Spending Project, an initiative of the Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Jeff Dickert, unit vice president, the University Correctional Health Care Component of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • James Dzurenda, commissioner, Connecticut Department of Correction
  • Aaron Edwards, senior fiscal and policy analyst, California Legislative Analyst’s Office


  • Managing Prison Health Care Spending
    This 2013 report by the Pew Charitable Trusts and MacArthur Foundation examines factors driving prison health care spending and highlights promising strategies states can adopt to reduce health care costs while protecting public safety.