Dec 13, 2010 7:45 AM by Posted by Sharlee Barriere
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Jindal administration has decided to seek competitive proposals from health insurance companies that want to offer taxpayer-funded policies to about 830,000 Medicaid patients, mostly children.
The change came after physicians, hospitals and other health-care providers objected to the initial plan, which allowed any company to jump in the market and compete for the business.
Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce Greenstein said his staff would analyze each company's offering to determine the best fit, and then select an as-yet undetermined number of firms that would get the Medicaid business.
Private insurers would pay the doctors, hospitals and other providers for the services they render, as they do for their other customers.