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La. Medicaid program has $127M shortfall

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Posted: Nov 1, 2011 5:54 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: baton rouge, medicaid, program, shortfall, budget, health, healthcare, wbrz, louisiana

BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Medicaid program for the poor, elderly and disabled has a nearly $127 million state funding shortfall.

The state health department announced the deficit figure Tuesday. But the Department of Health and Hospitals says it will use available federal funds to plug much of the gap, add new prior authorizations for people receiving mental health rehabilitation treatment and cut programs that provide home- and community-based services to the elderly and disabled.

There won't be any reductions to the rates paid to doctors, hospitals and other providers for taking care of Medicaid patients.

The shortfall is about 5 percent of the state funding in the Medicaid program, and it's caused by growth in Medicaid enrollment and people using more services that expected.

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