Texas Lawmakers Consider Changes To Prison Care

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The future of the health care system for Texas prison inmates is under consideration by state senators.
Members of the Finance Committee have invited experts to testify Monday about the best way to manage prisoner health care.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has asked senators to evaluate the current system and see if there are any new ways to save money. Senators also want to see if the state can tap into additional federal Medicaid funds to help cover the costs of caring for prisoners.
Some lawmakers have proposed allowing private companies to provide prisoner health care.
Texas lawmakers are holding hearings on a variety of topics to be ready in January, when the Legislature will meet again and begin passing laws.