- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada prison officials say a Carson City hospital’s refusal to admit non-emergency inmates is increasing the state’s health care costs.

Department of Corrections Director Greg Cox told lawmakers at an interim budget meeting Tuesday that Carson-Tahoe Regional Medical Center is declining to accept the majority of Medicaid-qualified inmates.

Cox said it’s a problem because the department has already built a health care infrastructure around using the hospital. He said it costs the department money in overtime funds to move prisoners to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno.

Hospital spokeswoman Mary Walker said the facility was receiving a disproportionate share of the state’s severely ill inmates and Medicaid reimbursements didn’t cover the cost of care.

Walker said the hospital is working with the governor’s office to find a solution.

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