Thursday, May 24, 2001

County stuck with inmate's $30K bill

State might cover some of murderer's medical expenses

The Associated Press

        GRAYSON, Ky. — A convicted murderer has stuck Carter County with $30,000 in medical bills.

        While Charles “Blaine” Dailey, convicted in April of the shooting death of area dirt-track racer Murial “Jack” Boggs, was in the county jail, he was taken to the hospital emergency room at least eight times after complaining of a heart ailment, said Jailer Randy Binion.

        “Something like that could really put a county like this in a bind,” Mr. Binion said.

        Mr. Dailey, 43, is now in state custody at the state assessment center in LaGrange, awaiting a determination on where he will serve his 20-year sentence. He was in Carter County's custody for about a year.

        At the county's expense, Mr. Dailey had numerous procedures in the hospital and follow-up visits, Mr. Binion said. Jail personnel are bound by law to provide medical treatment.

        Authorities suspected Mr. Dailey faked a heart attack as part of an escape attempt.

        There may be some help from the state, however. A catastrophic medical fund will reimburse some of the money, said Pamela Trautner, a Department of Corrections spokeswoman.

        The county is responsible for the first $2,000, and the fund, using the same guidelines as Medicaid, will pay 65 percent of the remainder, Ms. Trautner said.

        At the end of the fiscal year, if there's money left in the fund, counties with outstanding catastrophic medical expenses that weren't covered by the 65 percent rule divide the remainder, she said. Counties that still haven't covered their bills can negotiate with medical service providers for adjustments.


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