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Medicaid managed care program stalled for now

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Posted: Oct 25, 2010 2:36 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: louisiana, health, care, secretary, timeline, jindal, administration, budget, cuts, medicaid, program, wbrz, baton, rouge

The state's health secretary says he doesn't have a new timeline for when the Jindal administration plans to begin changes to the way Louisiana delivers health care to the poor through the Medicaid program.

Concerns by health providers and lawmakers stalled the pilot program, which was supposed to begin in April. Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce Greenstein said Monday that he doesn't know when the pilot program will start now, but he hopes it will be sometime in the summer.

Greenstein says he intends to work with health care groups, providers and lawmakers to get their support for the insurance-based model, called "community care networks."

The program would be a managed care model in which a majority of Medicaid recipients would get health coverage through private insurance companies.

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