The department is requesting $16,307,953 for the Inmate Health Services budget entity, excluding drugs, in order to meet inmate health care needs. This request is based on projections for fiscal year 2008-2009 which are anticipated to exceed appropriations. These projections are based on fiscal year 2006-2007 actual expenditures adjusted for the annualization of Region IV expenditures and adjusted for each subsequent year by the following:
A 5.8% increase in hospital and related services costs based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for All Urban Consumers, Unadjusted 12-months ended June 2007.
A 3.8% increase in physician fees and other professional services based on the June 2007 CPI.
Increases in expenses based on various other components of the June 2007 CPI.
A 5% increase in contract employment costs based on current and projected utilization, resulting from the continuing nationwide shortage of nurses and other professional medical personnel.