Former prison medical provider, named in SRJ civil rights lawsuit, files for bankruptcy

CHARLESTON, WV (WVNS) — A private healthcare company named in a civil rights violation lawsuit files for bankruptcy in federal court.

The company, PrimeCare Medical of West Virginia, is based in Pennsylvania.

The State of West Virginia previously paid the company on a contract basis to give medical care to state inmates and prisoners.

West Virginians who were serving sentences at Southern Regional Jail alleged in a federal lawsuit filed in 2022 in U.S. District Court of the Southern District of West Virginia that they were denied adequate medical care by PrimeCare providers, leading to serious illness, and even death, according to their attorneys.

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If the bankruptcy covers insurance deductibles, PrimeCare’s insurance carrier could pay a settlement, if an agreement is reached.

If the deductible is not covered, a judge could order a trial and decree a judgment for the carrier to pay.

The state no longer contracts with PrimeCare West Virginia but now contracts Wexford Health.

Both companies are named in the federal lawsuit filed on behalf of inmates.

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