Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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July 17, 2013

Digest

CATLETTSBURG — The Boyd County Fiscal Court took the following actions at a meeting Tuesday:

‰Approved the reappointment of Debbie Johnson to the Boyd County Public Library Board for a four-year term.

‰Approved a request by the sheriff’s department to add an online payment option for property taxes.

‰Approved a 3 percent raise for county employees.

‰Voted to renew the county’s contract with Advanced Professional Health Care for health-care services at the detention center. The company bid $324,962.56 to provide services during the next year.

Officials have budgeted $426,374 for inmate medical expenses in the 2013-14 fiscal year, including $184,000 for care outside of the jail in addition to the county’s contract with Advance.

Last month, commissioners heard a pitch from Correct Health, which claimed it could save the county at least $100,000 in expenses by using a telehealth system that allows inmates to be seen by a doctor or specialist without leaving the jail.

But commissioners cited the expense of installing the telehealth system, worries about its effectiveness and an undisclosed additional cost of $22,800 to add dental benefits to the Correct Health plan as their reasons for staying with Advanced.  

— Reported by Carrie Stambaugh

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