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May 21, 2013

Carter considers new inmate healthcare plan

GRAYSON — Carter County Fiscal Court met in regular session on Tuesday to consider a proposal for a change in health care providers for the jail and to conduct regular monthly business.

Alan Adams, director of operations for CorrectHealth, was on hand to provide information to the fiscal court about the benefits his company could provide to the jail — specifically savings.

According to Adams, CorrectHealth could provide the same level of care to inmates that they are currently receiving for about $37,000 less than the county's current provider, Advanced Correctional Healthcare.

In addition, the company would provide X-ray, EKG services on site, and would also be able to provide other diagnostic services through use of the internet and high definition equipment to decrease the likelihood that an inmate would need to leave the jail for care.

CorrectHealth currently has contracts with Boyle County and LaRue County.

“It's a really good plan. This is what I wanted to go with from the start when I came in,” said Jailer R.W. Boggs.

The county's contract with Advanced Correctional Healthcare expires on June 30, and according to the fiscal court, at least 30 days notice must be given if the county wishes to seek another healthcare provider for the jail.

The court took no action on the proposal at the meeting, but stated that they would have a special meeting soon to make a decision about the jail's healthcare plan for the next year.

In other business, the fiscal court unanimously approved the second reading of the jail budget, totaling $2,514,650 in appropriations for the upcoming fiscal year.

The court also unanimously approved the first reading of the general budget, totaling $5,256,108 in appropriations for the upcoming fiscal year, which is $98,354 less than the previous year's budget.

The next regular meeting of the court is scheduled for 10 a.m. June 18 at the courthouse.

JOE LEWIS can be reached at jlewis@journal-times.com or (606) 286-4201.

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