State says healthcare revamp won't start until 2011
BATON ROUGE - State health secretary Bruce Greenstein says it will be the end of 2011 before the state starts a new health care delivery system for the poor.
The Advocate reports that Greenstein said Wednesday the Jindal administration is not backing off the proposed "coordinated care" plan, which would allow private insurance companies to manage care through the state's Medicaid program.
Medicaid currently pays doctors, hospitals and other health care providers directly.
Greenstein says the proposal to pay insurance companies to provide the coverage would save money and improve patient health. The coordinated care networks would cover about 800,000 of the 1.2 million state Medicaid recipients, primarily pregnant women and children.
Health care providers have objected to the idea and are pushing an alternate plan that wouldn't involve private insurers.