Private firm to handle health care at jail

A new health care provider will care for inmates in the county jail.

Starting in December, Advanced Correctional Healthcare will become the medical care provider for inmates at the Johnson County jail.

The county will pay $397,000 for the company’s services each year, plus another $100,000 for other costs, such as medications not provided by the company and emergency hospital visits. Previously, Johnson Memorial Hospital provided care at the jail. The hospital decided not to renew the contract this year.

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