Prison health care hearing to continue in March

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A hearing is scheduled to resume next month over whether Arizona should be fined for failing to adequately improve health care in state prisons. (Source: AP) A hearing is scheduled to resume next month over whether Arizona should be fined for failing to adequately improve health care in state prisons. (Source: AP)
PHOENIX (AP) -

A hearing is scheduled to resume next month over whether Arizona should be fined for failing to adequately improve health care in state prisons.

The hearing began Wednesday in a lawsuit over the quality of health care for inmates.

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It was scheduled to resume on March 26 and 27 because lawyers haven't finished questioning witnesses.

Those dates also will be used to complete a separate hearing to examine whether the state's inmate-care provider denied care to an inmate to avoid paying a fine.

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A judge threatened to fine the state $1,000 for each instance in which it failed to comply with the changes in inmate care it promised when settling the lawsuit.

Arizona could be fined as much as $1.4 million for noncompliance in December and January.

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