A New York City councilman says he'll hold an oversight hearing this year to examine the care provided by a contracted company in city jails, where documents show timeliness and quality of care were issues in more than a dozen inmate deaths since 2009.
Council health committee chairman Corey Johnson on Monday called last week's report by The Associated Press detailing 15 inmate deaths "disturbing but not surprising."
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Johnson says an AP story based on hundreds of documents confirmed a "serious reevaluation" of health care provider Corizon Health Inc. is necessary.
Corizon has a three-year, $127 million contract to provide medical and mental health care in city jails. A spokeswoman says the Brentwood, Tennessee-based company works hard to deliver quality care in a challenging environment.