Supervisors award $650K contact for health care

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — Jackson County supervisors have hired a private company to handle medical, mental health and dental care for inmates at the jail.

Supervisors say they are ending a contract it has with a doctor on staff.

They say two nurses at the jail will have the option of joining the new company, Health Assurance of Jackson.

The $650,000 annual contract covers health care services to inmates at the adult and juvenile detention centers. The company is offering primary care, mental health and 24-hour, on-call service.

Board President Troy Ross has said the move is meant to reduce liability for the county, bring more health services in-house and eventually save some money.

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