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Cabell Huntington Hospital files suit over inmate's unpaid medical bills

Cabell Huntington Hospital is suing the West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Authority over an inmate's unpaid medical bills worth more than $165,000. (MGN Online)

A hospital is suing the West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Authority over an inmate's unpaid medical bills worth more than $165,000.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported Cabell Huntington Hospital said in a lawsuit filed this month that the authority and Kanawha County Commission haven't paid for an inmate's 19-day hospital stay in early 2016.

According to the lawsuit, the 61-year-old man "sustained serious injuries" at South Central Regional Jail a day after he was arrested. He was taken to the Huntington hospital's emergency room. The lawsuit doesn't indicate the type of injuries or why the man wasn't taken to a hospital closer to the jail.

Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper said the jail authority is responsible for medical bills. A Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety spokesman declined to comment.

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