- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - Nassau County’s comptroller says he has stopped payments to the county jail’s health care provider until they prove they are meeting performance standards in its contract.

Comptroller George Maragos told Newsday (https://nwsdy.li/2aeKJ7E ) Wednesday he withheld paying Armor Correctional Health Services more than $900,000 after the state attorney general filed a lawsuit accusing the company of repeatedly denying inmates adequate medical care.

He says he won’t authorize any fund transfers until the company provides metrics showing they meet a high level of care.

Last year, the state Commission of Correction found Armor provided inadequate care in the deaths of five Nassau jail inmates.

Armor didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking comment Wednesday. The company has denied the claims and says it intends to “vigorously defend” itself against the lawsuit.


Information from: Newsday, https://www.newsday.com

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