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Audit Finds Health Costs Over Budget for VT Inmates

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The state auditor says spending on health care for Vermont in-state prisoners was $4.2 million over budget for the last three years.

State Auditor Doug Hoffer announced the audit results Monday.

The Department of Corrections contracts with Correct Care Solutions to operate a health-care program for inmates housed in-state.

The audit says in fiscal year 2012, the department housed an average daily population of 1,583 in-state inmates, which included both sentenced offenders and detainees. The state budgeted $49.1 million for the three-year contract but eventually paid $53.3 million, including a $4.7 million management fee.

Hoffer noted that the state bears the financial risk in the contract. The audit report stated the department's cost monitoring was not robust during the earlier years of the contract but has improved since late 2012.

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