KENS 5 Eyewitness News, San Antonio, Feb. 20, 2007 Only one segment of the Texas population is guaranteed healthcare by the Constitution - prisoners. As prisoners grow older, the cost of their health care goes up and you, the taxpayers, are going to have to pay the bill. Healthcare for the older inmates adds up to more than $2 million a year. That money comes from taxes. Taxes pay for hospital staff, equipment and medical and eye exams for inmates. The prison hospital is preparing to treat more patients like Poe and Usher because a now youthful prison population is serving long sentences and will eventually get old and sick, but these are not people the parole board will release based on age. The increasing number of older prisoners means UTMB will have to ask state lawmakers for more money to meet the needs of its correctional care program.