Prison Health Care Debated
The lowest bidder, a Virginia company, said it would do the same job for $10.36 a day per inmate. Democrats object to the state taking the more expensive bid.
"We have to be more efficient obviously in the way we spend our government resources. The most important thing to me and what I wish we would focus more on is not healthcare for prisoners but healthcare for the average Missourian," Democrat Representative Jeff Harris, from Columbia, said.
Even though the winning contract was more than $23 million more than the other contracts, the Office of Administration said it comes down to more than just cost.
"The requirement for purchasing in the state of Missouri is awarded to the lowest and best, which means cost is not the only determining factor. So we look at cost as a component but we also look at the experience of the company the reliability and expertise of the employees operating under the contract and the method of performance," James Miluski from the Office of Administrations said.
Those factors, Miluski said, were enough to give the contract to the highest bidder. The contract starts July 1 of this year and lasts three years, and then there is an option to renew the contract for another three years.