Lawmakers address Medicaid cuts, LSU to be hit the hardest

Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 12:30pm

Lawmakers were called into work today to address the more than three quarters of a billion dollars in healthcare cuts facing Louisiana.

They asked tough questions to Department of Health and Hospitals secretary Bruce Greenstein about how these cuts will affect Louisiana's citizens.

Some of the areas now facing reductions include charity hospitals, hospice care and Medicaid providers. LSU hospitals took the biggest hit, though. They'll suffer more than $300 million in cuts.

Dr. William Jenkins and the school's board of supervisors are still looking figuring out how best to deal with this major hit to their budget.

"The legislature, the board, our respective teams in the health care service division, the health science centers are in this together to try and deal with and develop innovative, constructive programs for the future care of those for whom, of those whom we serve," Dr. Jenkins, LSU Interim President, explained.

The cuts were necessary because of a reduction in federal Medicaid funding.

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