Gov. Bobby Jindal's decision against expanding the state's Medicaid program under the federal health law, combined with a provision that shrinks uninsured care dollars, could leave Louisiana hospitals with far less money to care for those not on private insurance.
Hospital leaders say the situation could leave some LSU-run public hospitals and small rural hospitals teetering on the edge of closure and give them little way to recoup money they spend to care for uninsured patients.
A proposal to cut mental services at the Interim LSU hospital system in New Orleans has officials scrambling to find space to treat the mentally ill. Officials say the cuts are not only a health issue, but also a matter of public safety.
State lawmakers had earmarked $14.2 million for the New Orleans Adolescent Hospital during the recent Legislative Session, but the funding was voided due to a line item veto by Governor Bobby Jindal. Cecile Tebo of NOPD's Mental Health Crisis Unit discusses the issue with contributor Hal Clark.