Jindal health care budget has gaps, cuts, unsure financing
BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's health care spending plan for next year relies on more than $400 million in tax changes uncertain to win passage from state lawmakers.
Even then, lawmakers on the House Appropriations Committee were told Wednesday, the governor's proposal still has gaps in the Medicaid program and provides less for the private managers of the LSU hospitals than they say they need.
And without the tax change money, the Department of Health and Hospitals told the committee those privatization deals would take a $330 million cut. Department Secretary Kathy Kliebert said that type of reduction could jeopardize the contractual deals and lessen health services for the poor and uninsured.
The Appropriations Committee is doing a department-by-department review of Jindal's budget proposal for the fiscal year that begins July 1.