May 20, 2013 6:27 PM by AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Proposals making it more difficult to cut the rates paid to hospitals and nursing homes for taking care of Medicaid patients are nearing final passage.
Support from lawmakers comes despite concerns the constitutional amendments would further limit budget areas available to cut when Louisiana has financial woes - and leave colleges more vulnerable to slashing.
The House-approved proposals received backing Monday from the Senate Finance Committee and move next to the Senate floor. They also would need support from voters.
One measure would let hospitals pool their money and use those dollars to draw down federal Medicaid matching money. In exchange, cuts to hospital payments would be limited.
The other proposal would set a floor on Medicaid patient reimbursements paid to nursing homes, pharmacies and institutions for the developmentally disabled.