MADISON, Wis. — Dane County Jail inmate Christopher Beierle says he is in constant pain from an untreated hernia, but he cannot get a surgery that would alleviate his symptoms because he is not eligible for health care while incarcerated.

Inmates are excluded from federal health and veterans’ benefits when they are admitted into jail. The jail will not cover costs for the procedure because it is considered an elective surgery, Beierle said.

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