Lawmakers agree to try out Jindal health plan
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana could become a testing ground for Gov. Bobby Jindal's health care alternative to the federal health care overhaul, under a bill that has received final backing from lawmakers.
Democratic Sen. Ben Nevers, of Bogalusa, proposed trying to use Jindal's "America Next" health care plan in Louisiana, after lawmakers rejected Nevers' push to expand Medicaid.
The House gave final passage to Nevers' rewritten bill with a 94-2 vote Friday.
It calls on the state health department to take the broad outline of Jindal's policy statement - which calls for health savings accounts and Medicaid program changes - and put it into a workable plan.
That plan would go to lawmakers for consideration and would most likely need federal waivers for enactment.