Posted: Jul 13, 2012 3:42 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Jul 13, 2012 6:53 PM
Source: Department of Health and Hospitals
BATON ROUGE - LSU's system of public and charity hospitals and clinics face the deepest cuts in Louisiana's plans on how to deal with the loss of $859 million in federal Medicaid funding.
The system will lose $316.5 million in funding, the bulk of the $523 million in cuts announced today by Secretary Bruce Greenstein. He said while they aren't calling for closures of any charity hospitals, a "different" LSU Health System would have to emerge from the process.
The system previously said it couldn't take any more deept cuts without resorting to closing facilities.
Greenstein said the Department of Health and Hospitals will also make the following changes:
The federal funding loss was part of a highway transportation bill recently passed by Congress.
News 2's Mike Steele will have more from Greenstein's announcement and how these changes will affect the state's health care tonight at 5 and 6.