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Stalemate emerges between state, north La. hospital operator

5 months 5 days 15 hours ago September 19, 2016 Sep 19, 2016 Monday, September 19 2016 September 19, 2016 4:05 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: AP News

BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration appears to be in a stalemate with the manager of the state-owned charity hospitals in Monroe and Shreveport.

The Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana has refused to sign off on renegotiated terms of its deal with the state, financing and other changes sought by the Edwards administration.

A Friday deadline passed without the foundation, known as BRF, agreeing to the terms. The foundation's leadership hasn't responded to Associated Press requests for comment about its refusal to sign the paperwork.

Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, the governor's chief negotiator, issued a statement saying the state is "considering its options moving forward."

BRF is operating the hospitals under a contract negotiated by former Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration that has been criticized as unfavorable to the state.

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