Saturday, November 3, 2012

KUDOS to Illinois State Rep. Greg Harris for accountability of Wexford Health Sources

“It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.” ― Nelson Mandela

As Nelson Mandela says (and he knows)--any society/nation/state/community should be judged on how it treats prison inmates. Therefore KUDOS to Rep. Greg Harris of Illinois--

Illinois State Rep. Greg Harris is pushing HR 1248 to increase oversight of Wexford Health Sources, a private company that provides health care to Illinois inmates | WBEZ 91.5 Chicago: "Democratic Rep. Greg Harris from Chicago’s Northwest Side is pushing HR 1248, a House resolution calling for an official examination of how the state failed to audit Wexford Health Sources before signing a $1.4 billion contract with the private health care company last year. WBEZ has been reporting on poor health care in the prisons, and a recent report by the prison watchdog John Howard Association found that no one in the state is checking on Wexford to make sure they’re providing the care they’re being paid for. Harris's audit would change that. Harris says there are 250 lawsuits against the state right now alleging poor health care. He says he's been seeking proof that Wexford is actually earning the $115 million Illinois pays them every year, but he’s not satisfied with what he’s found."

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