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Federal officials approve La. Medicaid changes

3 years ago Wednesday, November 16, 2011 4:24:04 PM CST November 16, 2011 Wednesday, November 16 2011 Nov 16, 2011 in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - Federal health care officials have approved the Jindal administration's plan to overhaul Louisiana's Medicaid program and run much of the program through managed care networks.

State Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce Greenstein announced the approval Wednesday of the program being called BAYOU HEALTH.

About 865,000 low-income residents who get medical treatment through Medicaid, mostly children, will be steered into "coordinated care networks," which will be a largely insurance-based model when phased in by mid-2012.

BAYOU HEALTH will begin first in the New Orleans area Feb. 1.

Medicaid recipients steered into the managed care networks will be able to choose their own network, or they can be automatically enrolled into one of the five. The state still needs federal approval for the individual contracts with the five health plans.

 

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