‘Devastating Louisiana Medicaid cuts anticipated

Posted on Jul 13, 2012 in Courts, Legislation, Local Issues, National Issues

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This Friday, July 13, Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration plans to move forward with its expected budget cuts of hundreds of millions of dollars. Advocates of the public healthcare advise the governor that this act will harm low-income Louisianans who are dependent upon the care the insurance program provides and will cost the state more in the long-run to enact these cuts.

Jindal’s administration has not yet identified what they plan to do with the absorbed $651 million in reduced federal support through the state-run program. Providers who accept Medicaid are also unaware of what specifics this action will bring about and what effects may come in the long-run but rumors have risen that reducing uncompensated-care payments for hospitals could result in a loss of services at LSU’s network of hospitals and clinics.

The cuts are expected to be in the form of reimbursement rates to providers such as individual physicians and hospitals to ambulance services and nursing homes. Jindal’s spokesperson had this to say, “At the end of the day, Louisiana will have a balanced budget that doesn’t raise taxes on families and businesses. We will continue to make government less expensive and more effective for taxpayers.”

For more information on this story and actions expected to be taken, visit http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/07/devastating_louisiana_medicaid.html#incart_river

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