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Sep 23, 2011 7:28 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

State health-care plan delayed until February

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce Greenstein says the Jindal administration is delaying the launch of a private sector-based health-care delivery system for the poor until February.
The state health agency had planned to start rolling out the new "coordinated care network" program in January in the New Orleans area with a statewide phase-in completed by mid-2012.
Greenstein tells The Advocate patients and those providing care need more time "to absorb all the information coming at them related to Coordinated Care Networks."
Five private insurance companies have been chosen to manage health care for some two-thirds of the state's $1.2 million Medicaid recipients.
Greenstein said he wants to have enough information available so recipients can make good decisions.

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