Louisiana revamping rules for health program for children
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana is toughening regulations governing a four-year-old state Medicaid program aimed at helping "medically fragile" children that has ballooned to as much as $30 million this year.
The Pediatric Day Health Care program is praised for offering nearly 700 disabled children specialized health services at daycare facilities they couldn't get in a regular daycare or school setting. But its skyrocketing price tag is drawing scrutiny in a state struggling with severe budget woes.
The Department of Health and Hospitals plans to tighten admissions criteria, and nurses were assigned to review the cases of the children currently in the pediatric centers. New regulations are planned for May.
Meanwhile, the House is scheduled to debate a proposal next week that would place a one-year moratorium on new pediatric day health care centers.