This letter is written in response to the editorial published in the Sandusky Register Sept. 11, 2007, entitled "Sheriff's heart in right place." Specifically the part that reads "Lyon's idea probably won't work."
I am qualified to respond to this article because I am the person who processes the medical bills for the inmates at the Erie County Jail.
The attempted suicide was Aug. 28, 2007. On Aug. 30, 2007, at 1:45 p.m., Capt. Todd Dempsey went to the hospital to see Timothy Thayer and released him on bond. Therefore, Erie County is only responsible for his medical bills from the time of his incarceration until he was released on bond.
Effective Sept. 29, 2005, House Bill 66 went into effect stating that county jails are only required to pay the Medicaid authorized reimbursement rate for medical services provided to inmates housed in the Erie County Jail. Prior to that date, the Erie County Sheriff's Office negotiated discounts with each medical provider.
Thus, we will be paying the Medicaid rate only on Mr. Thayer's medical bills until his release on bond Aug. 30.
Not only is Sheriff Lyons' heart in the right place, but his actions saved Erie County taxpayers thousands of dollars.
Roberta A. Wiedle