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Jan 19, 2011 2:48 PM

Jindal Medicaid Revamp Hits Wall of Criticism

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to turn over large chunks of Louisiana's Medicaid program to private managed care companies is coming under heavy criticism from lawmakers and health providers.

They say the plan will divert resources to insurance company profits and away from health services.

Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce Greenstein says the Medicaid overhaul is critical to improving health outcomes and reducing costs. He says the agency remains open to trying different ideas provided they meet the same goals.

The Times-Picayune reports the divisions were aired Tuesday before the Senate Health and Welfare Committee.

The health department unveiled a 104-page packet of proposed rules for the "coordinated care networks" that aim to cover about 800,000 Medicaid beneficiaries, most of them children. The program could begin by 2012.

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