Medicaid cuts begin Sunday
Sunday, rates paid to private health providers in Louisiana's Medicaid program will begin to shrink.
The cuts come, as part of a $280 million cut to the program that provides care to the poor, elderly and disabled. It trims spending by $168 million and is the final piece of balancing this year's $6.5 billion Medicaid budget.
Health providers say the cuts - along with other rounds of reductions over the last 18 months - are shrinking patients' access to care by chasing some providers away from treating Medicaid patients, even as more people move onto the Medicaid rolls.
Larger private hospitals are taking the biggest hit. They'll be paid nearly five percent less for each Medicaid patient they see than they are being paid today.