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Hospital suing W.Va. jail over inmate's $168K unpaid medical bills

| Monday, April 16, 2018, 8:57 a.m.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A hospital is suing the West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Authority over an inmate's unpaid medical bills worth more than $168,000.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports 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, Arthur L. Edens, 61, “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, which the lawsuit claims totals $168,985.65. A Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety spokesman declined to comment.

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