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Groups fight La. Gov. Jindal's Medicaid plan

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Posted: Oct 19, 2010 6:29 AM by Andrea Fontenot
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Hospitals, emergency responders, physicians, medical, Jindal, restructure, Medicaid, program

Hospitals, emergency responders, physicians and other medical providers have stepped up their
opposition to the Jindal administration's planned restructuring of the state's Medicaid program.

The Louisiana Ambulance Alliance, Louisiana Hospital Association, Louisiana State Medical Society and other groups announced the organization of the Coalition to Protect Louisiana's Healthcare to challenge the state's new health care approach.

At issue is the best way to reduce the state's Medicaid costs by discouraging the poor and uninsured from making costly emergency room visits for routine health care.

State Health Chief Bruce Greenstein said changes have to be made to ensure that the health care program is more affordable for the state.

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