Financing plan for Medicaid expansion receives final passage
BATON ROUGE - If Louisiana's next governor wants to expand the state Medicaid program to tap into billions of available federal health care dollars, state lawmakers have given him a way to help pay for it.
The Senate voted 31-8 Monday for the financing tool contained in legislation by Republican House Speaker Chuck Kleckley. The vote gave final passage to the measure, which can't be vetoed by Gov. Bobby Jindal.
Jindal opposes the Medicaid expansion.
But if the next governor, to be elected this fall, wants to use federal financing for a coverage expansion, Kleckley's legislation would offer a way to draw down the cash without the state having to put up the full cost share.
Hospitals would pool their money to help pay Louisiana's share.