COLONIE - There are certainly complaints about quality of care, but in general, when an Albany County jail inmate is sick or injured, care is provided at no cost to the prisoner.
Collectively, the big bill is being paid by county taxpayers.
"And Albany County has been paying out hundreds of thousands of dollars a year and I know it's a hot topic," said Sheriff Craig Apple. "Some people agree with it. Some people disagree with it."
Sheriff Apple is in the process of shifting medical care costs to the new federal and state health insurance system, commonly called Obamacare.
Inmates like Trevaughn Banks are being enrolled with the help of navigator Ishaqq Muhammad at the jail.
The sheriff says roughly half of the 800 inmates are eligible.