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Sep 20, 2010 4:49 PM

Health Care Providers Worried About Jindal Administration's Plans to Change Health Care for Poor

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Health care providers are worried about
the Jindal administration's plans to make changes in the way health
care for the poor is delivered.
Hospital and doctor groups are advising their members to be wary
of signing onto the new insurance-based system. The head of the LSU
hospital system and the president of the Louisiana Hospital
Association told The Advocate that the changes could cost Louisiana
hundreds of millions of dollars in lost federal health care funds.
The plan calls for "community-care networks" in three areas of
the state by April.
A majority of the state's Medicaid recipients would get health
coverage through private insurance companies. The Jindal
administration says the program will better coordinate patient care
and reduce health care costs by keeping people healthier and out of
hospitals.

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