Jun 22, 2011 6:24 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Bill calls for reauthorization of Medicaid changes

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A bid to give lawmakers more oversight of Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to turn over much of Louisiana's Medicaid program to private insurance companies is headed to the governor's desk, with a unanimous Senate vote.
Now, lawmakers will wait to see if Jindal vetoes it.
The proposal would require the "coordinated care networks" to end in 2014, unless they receive legislative reauthorization. It also would require reporting to lawmakers about whether shifting Medicaid to a managed care program results in savings or increased claims rejections.
The coordinated care networks will change the way the state spends billions of Medicaid dollars, largely to an insurance-based model.
Jindal hasn't yet said whether he will reject the measure or allow it to take effect.


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