Mar 30, 2010 12:33 PM by Melissa Canone
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Family members and health providers for
the most vulnerable Louisiana residents, the developmentally
disabled, are pleading with lawmakers to reverse budget cuts and
health care changes proposed in Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget.
Some are asking for a reversal of the Department of Health and
Hospitals' plans to shrink the state-run developmental centers and
to hire a private company to run a center in Iota.
Others who run community-based care programs for the elderly and
developmentally disabled are seeking to avoid another cut in the
rates the state pays them for care.
The House Appropriations Committee received public testimony
Tuesday about the 2010-11 budget. Jindal proposed a $300 million
cut to the Medicaid program for the poor, elderly and disabled to
cope with a hefty drop in state revenue next year.