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Nonprofits help to subsidize La. Medicaid expansion

 

Nonprofit hospitals and health clinics are helping to subsidize the costs of enrolling state residents in Louisiana’s newly expanded Medicaid program.

They’re doing this though subsidizing  the expense of paying state workers who enroll Medicaid applicants, reports the {New Orleans} Time Picayune.

This is enlightened self-interest:  After all, ensuring prompt and efficient Medicaid enrollment is in many healthcare nonprofits’ best interest.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has projected that Medicaid expansion will create $677 million in savings during the next five years.

To read the Times Picayune article, please hit this link.


4 Louisiana safety-net hospitals threatened with closing

 

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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, has proposed $792 million in cuts  that would include closing safety-net hospitals in four cities. He has been trying to deal with the massive deficit left by his heavy-tax-cutting Republican predecessor Bobby Jindal.

But Mr. Edwards hopes  that the cuts can be avoided by raising taxes. He plans to call a special legislative session as soon as June 7 to address the issue.

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals would have its funds slashed by $408.7 million under  his fiscal 2017 budget proposal.

Safety-net hospitals in Alexandria, Bogalusa, Houma and Lake Charles would close, while all other safety-net hospitals would receive a 3 percent cut.

 


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