State lawmakers hold hearing on health care cuts

Jul 19, 2012

Lawmakers want more details about $523 million in health care cuts made by Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration. The reductions fall largely on the LSU-run public hospital system.

House Speaker Chuck Kleckley called a Thursday meeting of the House budget and health care committees for presentations from LSU officials and from Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce Greenstein, who made the decisions on funding cuts.

LSU's network of hospitals and clinics was hit with $329 million of the reductions. The reductions strip 25 percent of the public health care system's nearly $1.3 billion budget.

Lawmakers have said they expect such deep reductions could lead to closures of facilities that are used to train medical students and that treat uninsured residents, who make up about 20 percent of the state's population.