UTMB seeks changes to prison health care plan

Statesman.com - Prison officials said Thursday the move could trigger a complete restructuring of how Texas provides health care to its prison convicts at a time when mushrooming costs are expected to leave the Galveston school and Texas Tech University tens of millions of dollars in the red.

Making good on an earlier threat, officials at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston are seeking to stop providing medical care to the state's 154,000 convicts at in-prison clinics it now runs.

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Prison officials said Thursday the move could trigger a complete restructuring of how Texas provides health care to its prison convicts at a time when mushrooming costs are expected to leave the Galveston school and Texas Tech University tens of millions of dollars in the red.

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