- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The company that provides health care services to the New Mexico Corrections Department says its contract with the state is not being renewed.

Corizon Correctional Healthcare notified employees this week that the company won’t get another four-year contract, The Santa Fe New Mexican (https://bit.ly/1YFpU8X ) reported.

Alex Tomlin, deputy secretary for the Corrections Department, would not comment on Corizon’s internal email, citing ongoing contract negotiations.

State officials rejected both Corizon and Wexford Health Sources during a six-month bidding contest for the contract. Corizon replaced Wexford in 2007 and since has come under scrutiny over the quality of health care services provided to the state’s 7,000 prison inmates.

Corizon spokeswoman Martha Harbin said in an email Wednesday that the company has been honored to provide care for New Mexico’s incarcerated for the last nine years.

“Regardless of the ultimate outcome, we stand committed to ensuring the care and safety of our patients and the welfare of our employees,” she said.

Tomlin said that the agency put out one request for proposals, but will be issuing two separate contracts. On contract will cover medical care for inmates and the other with cover pharmaceutical services, she said. Under the current contract, which expires May 31, Corizon provides both medical care and pharmaceutical services. In the current four-year contract, Corizon provides both services for some $156 million.

“The department is actively working to acquire medical and pharmaceutical services that are the greatest benefit to our inmates and taxpayers, who pay that bill at the end of the day,” Tomlin said.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, https://www.sfnewmexican.com


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