Idaho, prison medical firm at odds over contract

Idaho, prison medical firm at odds over contract

Idaho, prison medical firm at odds over contract

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on April 26, 2013 at 10:40 AM

BOISE -- Idaho's prison system will pay its medical provider hundreds of thousands of dollars more, after the company demanded a raise.

But the Idaho Department of Correction will only extend its $27 million annual contract with Corizon Correctional Healthcare until January, not 12 months, as had been announced in February.

Instead, the Board of Correction voted Thursday to seek competitive bids for a new contract.

Idaho will pay Corizon about $250,000 more over the next six months than was budgeted.

That's after Corizon President Stuart Campbell told IDOC Director Brent Reinke he wouldn't sign an extension beginning July 1 for less.

Idaho and the company's relationship has been rocky.

Idaho has fined it $200,000 and a federally-appointed expert concluded medical care was so bad it amounted to cruel and unusual punishment.

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