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Lawmaker demands answers about prison health care audit

Tue, 09 Oct 2012 15:28:47 CDT
By: IPR's Robert Wildeboer

An Illinois state legislator is demanding answers about a huge healthcare contract for prison inmates. IPR's Robert Wildeboer reports.



Democratic Representative Greg Harris is pushing a house resolution calling for an official examination of how the state failed to audit Wexford health sources before signing a one point four billion dollar contract with the company last year. WBEZ has been reporting on poor health care in the prisons and a recent report by the John Howard Association found little accountability. Harris's audit would start looking at the quality of care Wexford is giving to inmates. Harris says he's been seeking proof that Wexford is earning the hundred and fifteen million dollars Illinois pays them every year.

"I got a one-page response from the department of corrections saying they're doing it. To me that's just not adequate."

Harris says dollars are in short supply and there needs to be independent oversight of the enormous private contract.

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