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County picks up tab for inmate medical services due to billing mistake

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Brunswick County has to pick up the tab on some medical services from the jail because of an "administrative error," according to the county manager.

Commissioners voted at Monday night's meeting to approve using about $87,000 from the county's general fund to pay off the debt.

The county manager told that they received a bill last week from Transform Health, but the bill was pertaining to services from last year.

Transform Health is the medical provider for the Brunswick County Detention Center. The group apparently billed the county late for fees and services from last year and now the county has to dig into this year's budget to pay it.

County manager Marty Lawing said had the county received the bill last year they would have been able to pay it.

Transform Health handles the medical services inside the jail and covers up to $75,000 worth of services. Any bills beyond that point are then billed to the county.

Commissioners are expected to meet this week to get a better understanding of where the mistake was made.

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