Rewritten LSU hospital deals still pending in federal review
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's health secretary told lawmakers that the state expected to receive federal approval for six LSU hospital privatization contracts by last week's end. That approval still hasn't arrived.
Health and Hospitals Secretary Kathy Kliebert said Tuesday the lack of an approval letter doesn't mean the rewritten deals have hit any snags. She says she's assured in her conversations with the federal Medicaid agency that the financing plans will receive the OK.
Gov. Bobby Jindal privatized nearly all the LSU-run hospitals without first getting needed federal approval. The privatization deals rely on federal Medicaid money to work. The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services refused financing plans for the six privatization arrangements in May, so the state reworked the contracts.
Kliebert says she expects to have the approval letter soon.