Analyst: Medicaid cuts are real, nursing homes preparing for fal - FOX 8, WVUE, fox8live.com, weather, app, news, saints

Analyst: Medicaid cuts are real, nursing homes preparing for fallout

Source: Raycom Source: Raycom
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

After testimony from the Senate Finance Committee on Monday, many fear a major health-care disruption is closer to becoming reality. This comes as letters from the Louisiana Department of Health will go out to almost 40,000 Medicaid recipients Thursday, notifying them that the state will no longer pay for their benefits.

The letters will affect those using Medicaid benefits for nursing home care, group homes or home-based services.

FOX 8 political analyst Mike Sherman says it's a harsh reality some maybe haven't come to terms with.

“Without any major structural changes, this is what we're left with until the special session comes to reopen the budget debate,” Sherman said.

In practice, Wayne Plaisance, the CEO of Chateau de Notre Dame, said the cuts will not only impact the hundreds of residents within his facilities, but he believes some may be short-sighted in not seeing how the cuts could also leave his workers unemployed and area businesses with significantly less business.

“If you cut all these programs, how many dollars will the state lose as a result of this working through the economy? You're very likely to see we have a worse problem than we started with because we won’t have revenue coming into the state because of the cuts we just made,” Plaisance said.

Sherman said while some have called the letters scare tactics, these cuts and letters are real, and their impacts will be, as well.

“For Louisianans, this is going to be a nerve-racking couple of weeks as the legislative session ends and the Legislature reconvenes for a special session to figure out what budget we're going to live under next year, to see if an agreement can be reached to stop these cuts before they take effect,” he said.

If and when the cuts take effect, Sister Ann with the Chateau de Notre Dame knows she'll have to disappoint more than just her residents.

“We start cutting staff, and they go home and have children to take care of, and families are impacted if we do send the resident back home, because how do I care without a medical background for a vulnerable person?” she said.

LCMC Health Hospital administration is waiting for more answers after the letters go out and from the Legislature before they make any decisions about their retirement community at Woldenberg Village and their employees network-wide.

Copyright 2018 WVUE. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • One man killed in Seventh Ward shooting

    One man killed in Seventh Ward shooting

    (Source: Associated Press)(Source: Associated Press)
    (Source: Associated Press)(Source: Associated Press)

    New Orleans Police are investigating a shooting in the Seventh Ward. It happened near the intersection of St. Anthony and North Rocheblave streets. Officials say one man was shot and then later died at a local hospital. NOPD issued an alert about the shooting at 11:42 p.m., but it is not clear exactly when the shooting occurred. No further information is immediately available. FOX 8 will continue to update this story as it develops. Copyright 2018 WVUE. All rights reser...

    more>>

    New Orleans Police are investigating a shooting in the Seventh Ward. It happened near the intersection of St. Anthony and North Rocheblave streets. Officials say one man was shot and then later died at a local hospital. NOPD issued an alert about the shooting at 11:42 p.m., but it is not clear exactly when the shooting occurred. No further information is immediately available. FOX 8 will continue to update this story as it develops. Copyright 2018 WVUE. All rights reser...

    more>>
  • Bayou Boogaloo bounces back after severe storm

    Bayou Boogaloo bounces back after severe storm

    What a difference a day makes. Severe storms Friday afternoon left Bayou Boogaloo in shambles with tents ripped from the ground and merchandise soaked. Saturday morning, you'd never know what hit them and how organizers scrambled to get the festival in tip-top shape before re-opening.

    more>>

    What a difference a day makes. Severe storms Friday afternoon left Bayou Boogaloo in shambles with tents ripped from the ground and merchandise soaked. Saturday morning, you'd never know what hit them and how organizers scrambled to get the festival in tip-top shape before re-opening.

    more>>
  • Man shot and killed in Luling, suspects arrested

    Man shot and killed in Luling, suspects arrested

    Source: RNNSource: RNN
    Source: RNNSource: RNN

    The St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office says a man is dead and two brothers are in custody following a shooting in Luling. 

    more>>

    The St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office says a man is dead and two brothers are in custody following a shooting in Luling. 

    more>>
  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Texas school gunman: 'I'm going to kill you.' Then he fired

    Texas school gunman: 'I'm going to kill you.' Then he fired

    Saturday, May 19 2018 11:51 PM EDT2018-05-20 03:51:30 GMT
    Sunday, May 20 2018 10:02 AM EDT2018-05-20 14:02:38 GMT
    (Jennifer Reynolds/The Galveston County Daily News via AP). April Salinas, second from right, her daughters Meah, 13, and Macee, 6, and Jeramiah Kelley read notes left at memorial behind Texas First Bank, Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. A gu...(Jennifer Reynolds/The Galveston County Daily News via AP). April Salinas, second from right, her daughters Meah, 13, and Macee, 6, and Jeramiah Kelley read notes left at memorial behind Texas First Bank, Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. A gu...

    The mother of one slain student said her daughter may have been targeted because she rejected advances from the suspect, who was an ex-boyfriend of her daughter's best friend.

    more>>

    The mother of one slain student said her daughter may have been targeted because she rejected advances from the suspect, who was an ex-boyfriend of her daughter's best friend.

    more>>
  • Mother has message for son after he's arrested for stealing car

    Mother has message for son after he's arrested for stealing car

    Saturday, May 19 2018 8:49 AM EDT2018-05-19 12:49:30 GMT
    Evelyn Thompson (Source: WMC Action News 5)Evelyn Thompson (Source: WMC Action News 5)

    A police chase in Memphis ended with two suspected car thieves in police custody, and one angry mother with a message for her son behind bars. 

    more>>

    A police chase in Memphis ended with two suspected car thieves in police custody, and one angry mother with a message for her son behind bars. 

    more>>
  • In deadly school shooting, a confession but no clear motive

    In deadly school shooting, a confession but no clear motive

    Saturday, May 19 2018 1:10 AM EDT2018-05-19 05:10:39 GMT
    Sunday, May 20 2018 12:05 AM EDT2018-05-20 04:05:44 GMT
    (Galveston County Sheriff's Office via AP). This photo provided by the Galveston County Sheriff's Office shows Dimitrios Pagourtzis, who law enforcement officials took into custody Friday, May 18, 2018, and identified as the suspect in the deadly schoo...(Galveston County Sheriff's Office via AP). This photo provided by the Galveston County Sheriff's Office shows Dimitrios Pagourtzis, who law enforcement officials took into custody Friday, May 18, 2018, and identified as the suspect in the deadly schoo...

    Officials say the Texas student charged in the shooting at Santa Fe High School described planning the attack in private journals.

    more>>

    Officials say the Texas student charged in the shooting at Santa Fe High School described planning the attack in private journals.

    more>>
Powered by Frankly