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State says healthcare revamp won't start until 2011

4 years ago November 18, 2010 Nov 18, 2010 Thursday, November 18 2010 Thursday, November 18, 2010 2:36:40 PM CST in News
Source: Associated Press

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.

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