Lawmakers advance next hospital privatization plan
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is pushing ahead with privatization plans for a ninth LSU hospital, despite the recent rejection of federal financing plans for other hospital outsourcing deals.
Lawmakers appear willing to go along with the effort.
The House health committee voted 10-8 Tuesday for a Senate-backed measure that would authorize the shuttering of the university-run hospital in Pineville and move its services to two nearby private hospitals.
The plan advances next to the full House.
LSU health care adviser Jerry Phillips says federal refusal to back financing for other privatization deals won't affect the Pineville plans.
He says the rejection involved lease payments, but there's no lease deal for federal review since Huey P. Long Medical Center will close.