State News
6:15 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Flipping the bill for prison healthcare

Illinois taxpayers are paying a private healthcare company more than one point three billion dollars over ten years to provide care for inmates in prisons.

But most of the inmates we’ve talked to say, unless it’s an emergency, they’re not getting the care taxpayers have already paid for. And the State of Illinois doesn’t seem to have any mechanism to ensure that taxpayers aren’t being fleeced in the health care deal.

Illinois Public Radio’s Robert Wildeboer reports: