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La. backs off health care act-funded program

3 years 7 months 9 hours ago August 23, 2013 Aug 23, 2013 Friday, August 23 2013 August 23, 2013 10:47 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has withdrawn an application to participate in a home-health care program for low-income people that would have been funded through President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.

The state had applied to take part in the law's Community First Choice Program, which increases federal matching dollars to states that provide home care to the disabled.

On Monday, the Jindal administration withdrew its application.

Calder Lynch, policy director of the state health department, said Louisiana cannot afford to take part because the program would require significantly extension of eligibility for the program.

Advocates for the disabled expressed disappointment.

Lynch told The Times-Picayune the state might submit a new application if the federal government offers up more flexibility.

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