As Gov. Greg Abbott and the state’s health leaders make public service announcements saying Texas is on heightened alert for mosquito-to-human transmission of the virus, which has been linked to birth defects, many advocates for the uninsured have a different goal in mind.
States are finding ways the money can help with the exploding cost of inmate health care.
In an era of tightening state budgets, the two major spending areas have been health care and prisons. A new study shows the intersection of these two areas, prison healthcare, has grown more than 50 percent from 2001 to 2008. Per data collected from 44 states, health care expenses accounted for one-sixth of the $36.8 billion the