If you are 50 years of age or older and have been in the institution for at least one year, you may request an annual physical. If you are under 50 years of age and have been in the federal prison system for two years, you may request a physical every two years. If you are being released and have not had a physical within the last year, you may request a physical through a request to Health Services staff.
SPECIAL CARE ITEMS
Inmates who require eyeglasses, dentures, braces, etc., may obtain the same (at government expense) following recommendation by the clinician. Inmates who wish to have eyeglasses mailed from home must have a copy of their recent eye exam.
YOU HAVE UNIMPEDED ACCESS TO MEDICAL CARE. ALL COMPLAINTS WILL BE ACCEPTED BY THE HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATOR, ASSOCIATE WARDEN, AND THE WARDEN. PLEASE REVIEW YOUR “RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES” LOCATED IN THIS HANDBOOK AND POSTED ON THE HEALTH SERVICES BULLETIN BOARDS.
NOTICE TO INMATES INMATE CO-PAYMENT PROGRAM
Pursuant to the Federal Prisoner Health Care Co-payment Act (FHCCA) of 2000 (P.L. 106-294, 18 U.S.C. § 4048), The Federal Bureau of Prisons provide notice of the Inmate Co-payment Program for health care, effective October 3, 2005.
A. Application: The Inmate Co-payment Program applies to anyone in an institution under the Bureau’s jurisdiction and anyone who has been charged with or convicted of an offense against the United States, except inmates in inpatient status at a Medical Referral Center (MRC). All inmates in outpatient status at the MRCs and inmates assigned to the General Population at these facilities are subject to co-pay fees.
B. Health Care Visits with a Fee:
You must pay a fee of $2.00 for health care services, charged to your Inmate Commissary Account, per health care visit, if you receive health care services in connection with a health care visit that you requested, except for services described in section C., below.
These requested appointments include Sick Call and after-hours requests to see a health care provider. If you ask a non-medical staff member to contact medical staff to request a medical evaluation on your behalf for a health service not listed in section C., below, you will be charged a $2.00 co-pay fee for that visit.
You must pay a fee of $2.00 for health care services, charged to your Inmate Commissary Account, per health care visit, if you are found responsible through the Disciplinary Hearing Process to have injured an inmate who, as a result of the injury, requires a health care visit.
C. Health Care Visits with no Fee:
We will not charge a fee for:
Health care services based on health care staff referrals
Health care staff-approved follow-up treatment for a chronic condition
Preventive health care services
Diagnosis or treatment of chronic infectious diseases
Mental health care
Substance abuse treatment
If a health care provider orders or approves any of the following, we will also not charge a fee for:
Blood pressure monitoring
Chronic care clinics
Your health care provider will determine if the type of appointment scheduled is subject to a co-pay fee.
D. Indigency: An indigent inmate is an inmate who has not had a trust fund account balance of $6.00 for the past 30 days. If you are considered indigent, you will not have the co-pay fee deducted from your Inmate Commissary Account. If you are NOT indigent, but you do not have sufficient funds to make the co-pay fee on the date of the appointment, a debt will be established by TRUFACS, and the amount will be deducted as funds are deposited into your Inmate Commissary Account.
You may seek review of issues related to health service fees through the Bureau’s Administrative Remedy Program (see 28 CFR