People who are wrongfully convicted and incarcerated for several years would be able to get group health insurance coverage from the county where they were convicted under a bill passed Friday by the Senate.
The measure by Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, would entitle those exonerated from their convictions to pay the same premiums as regular county employees and obtain health coverage for a period equal to the time they were wrongfully imprisoned and on parole.
More than 40 exonerees — including 25 from Dallas County — would be affected by the legislation, which the Texas Association of Counties opposes. The measure now heads to the House.
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Exoneree health insurance bill clears Senate