Posted: Jul 6, 2010 10:49 AM
Updated: Jul 6, 2010 11:14 AM
Source: Associated Press
As the state's Medicaid rolls continue to climb, Louisiana's health agency will have $280 million less in
this new budget year to cover the cost of care for patients.
Louisiana's health chief says that spells trouble.
The Medicaid budget for the fiscal year that began last week stands at $6.5 billion down from $6.78 billion for the fiscal year that ended June 30.
The budget requires reduced payments to physicians, hospitals and other providers of health care for the 1.28 million residents enrolled in Medicaid.
State Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Alan Levine says the rate reductions go into effect Aug. 1. Levine tells The Advocate that his staff is focusing on how the lower payments may
affect the willingness of providers to care for Medicaid patients.