Lawmakers back 1-year delay on new pediatric health centers
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers have agreed to block the creation of new Medicaid-financed centers aimed at helping "medically fragile" children.
With an 85-0 vote Wednesday, the House gave final legislative passage to a measure placing a one-year moratorium on pediatric day health care centers, not allowing any new ones into the state-funded program until July 2017.
The moratorium will begin July 1.
The bill by Rep. Rogers Pope, a Denham Springs Republican, heads next to the governor's desk.
Supporters say the temporary halt to new licenses will give the health department time to improve oversight for a four-year-old Medicaid program whose cost has grown to $30 million this year. The department is rewriting program regulations.
Opponents say the moratorium will deny specialized health services to disabled children.