La. health care providers brace for Medicaid cuts

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - As health care providers await the state's plan to cut $859 million from the Medicaid program over the next two years, many are worrying.

Louisiana Hospital Association President John Matessino tells The Advocate that Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration must act quickly because a longer delay will mean deeper cuts over a shorter period of time.

Supported Living Network executive Bruce Blaney wants the Legislature to convene a special session to repeal some tax exemptions, as well as to tap health care trust funds.

The Medicaid program is funded by a combination of federal and state money, paying for health services for the poor, uninsured, disabled and elderly. The cuts mean an 11 percent reduction from the $7.7 billion Medicaid budget that had been planned for the fiscal year.

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