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Health Care
1:43 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Failure To Expand Medicaid To Directly Effect Low-To-Moderate Income New Orleans Residents

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 7:52 am

Gov. Bobby Jindal has remained steadfast thus far in his opposition to expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act saying it’s too expensive and that Medicaid is an outdated, inflexible program. 

Not expanding Medicaid it will have a direct effect on low-to-moderate income New Orleanians.

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2:06 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Dept. of Health and Hospitals Proposed Budget Depends on Contingencies

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 6:11 am

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s proposed $24.7 billion state budget for the next fiscal year seemingly leaves the state Department of Health and Hospitals relatively unscathed.

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2:44 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

State House Leader Says Budget Glimpse Encouraging

The chairman of the House budget-writing committee says he's feeling a bit better about coping with the state's more than $1 billion shortfall.

Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Fannin made the comments Thursday after he got a sneak peek at Gov. Bobby Jindal's spending recommendations for next year.

Fannin says the Jindal administration anticipates significant savings from privatization plans for the LSU charity hospital system, and that will help partially close the budget gap.

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11:49 am
Thu February 7, 2013

All About Efficiency: DHH Secretary On The Latest Round of Healthcare Cuts

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 5:33 pm

Almost $83 million in cuts to healthcare programs and services went into effect Friday to shore up a mid-year deficit in the state budget. These are separate from a previous round of cuts made in July.

The latest round of reductions includes cuts to services for at-risk children and low-income moms, as well as a one percent drop in the rate paid to hospitals and physicians for non-primary Medicaid services. 

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12:44 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

State Medicaid Cuts Take Effect Friday

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 11:04 am

Nearly $52 million in state cuts to Medicaid services go into effect Friday, Feb. 1. The reductions are part of the Dept. of Health and Hospitals’ response to a mid-year shortfall in Louisiana’s general fund.

The cuts include the elimination of dental benefits for pregnant women and a healthy parenting program for first-time mothers who qualify for Medicaid. Additionally, the rate paid to hospitals and physicians for non-primary care services through Medicaid will be dropped by 1 percent.

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Higher Education
6:26 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Delgado to Lay Off 46 Employees Next Month

About 10 percent of Delgado Community College's 465 employees will be laid off at the end of next month.

Chancellor Monty Sullivan said Tuesday the layoffs are a consequence of the school's $13 million deficit and declining enrollment. Sullivan says no teachers will lose their jobs in this action.

College spokeswoman Carol Gniady tells The Times-Picayune the 46 people who will lose their jobs are classified and unclassified employees, categories that include secretaries, clerks, bookkeepers and maintenance personnel.

Health Care
8:28 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Health Care Budget Cuts Begin This Week

The state's Medicaid hospice care received a last-minute reprieve from shutdown, but Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is moving ahead with other health care cuts this week.

Slated for elimination are programs that provide behavioral health intervention services for at-risk children and that pay for at-home visits by nurses who teach low-income, first-time mothers how to care for their newborns.

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4:00 pm
Sat January 5, 2013

Budget Cuts Hit Domestic Violence Programs

Gov. Bobby Jindal's latest round of budget cuts is falling on shelters that take in battered women and other domestic violence prevention providers.

The reductions were made to help close a $166 million midyear budget deficit.

The Advocate reports funding for family violence prevention and intervention programs was cut by more than $998,000. That's a 16 percent drop in the dollars spent on contracts the state holds with shelters and other domestic violence programs.

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11:49 am
Fri December 21, 2012

State Hospice Cuts Worse Than Previously Announced

Louisiana's health department is acknowledging that planned cuts in the state's Medicaid program will eliminate hospice care for all Medicaid recipients beginning in February.

Hospice care aims to make dying people more comfortable in their final months of life. In announcing reductions to hospice care funding last week, officials with Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration said hospice care at nursing homes would not be eliminated.

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New Orleans budget
8:53 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Mayor Landrieu Says No Big Layoffs In 2013 Budget

The New Orleans City Council is now reviewing the budget proposed for next year by Mayor Mitch Landrieu. The city is dealing with lower revenues and higher expenses.

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